At the time of her death in 1980, pioneer American aviator Jacqueline Cochran held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other male or female pilot in aviation history. She was also the first woman to break the sound barrier, doing so in 1953 in an F-86 Sabre jet.
"Night Witches" I need to make a folder "Badass Women in History" ..."Night Witches" is the English translation of Nachthexen, a World War II German nickname (Russian Ночные ведьмы), for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces.
Ночные ведьмы. История в фотографиях. "Night Witches" or Nachthexen, a World War II German nickname for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. The regiment flew harassment bombing and precision bombing night missions against the German military from 1942 to the end of the war. It flew over 23,000 sorties and is said to have dropped 3,000 tons of bombs. Each pilot having flown over 1,000 missions in wood and canvas Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes.
Памятник Евдокии Бершанской установлен напротив здания международного терминала, аэропорта Краснодара, по адресу ул. Бершанской д.355. Торжественное открытие памятника было произведено в мае одна тысяча девятьсот восемьдесят восьмого года, в честь командира известной во времена Великой Отечественной Войны эскадрильи "Ночные ведьмы" http://krdgid.ru/putevoditel/pamyatniki/pyamyatnik-bershanskoj.html
Dec. 7, 1941, 22-yr-old Cornelia Fort became the 1st American woman pilot in a combat zone while flying over Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. While 2 other civilian planes were shot out of the sky, she made it thru' the strafing & landed her plane. She was among the first pilots recruited for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. In March 1943, she was killed by a midair collision while on a ferrying mission to Dallas.