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Matilde Moisant, 1911. Moisant was the second woman in the United States to receive a pilot's license. She flew in aviation meets throughout the US and Mexico until the early spring of 1912, often flying at higher altitudes than most male pilots. She is pictured here, wearing a (pre-WWII) swastika brooch as a good luck charm.

Matilde Moisant, was the second woman in the United States to receive a pilot's license. She flew in aviation meets throughout the US and Mexico until the early spring of Pictured here, wearing a (pre-WWII) swastika brooch as a good luck charm.

Ruth Elder, American pioneer aviator. Inspired by Charles Lindbergh, she attempted but failed to fly the Atlantic in 1927. Nevertheless she was treated as a hero and went on to successfully promote women in aviation.

Ruth Elder (* September 8 1902 in Anniston , Alabama ; † October 1977 in San Francisco , California ) was an American aviation pioneer and actress . Elder was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic dare.