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Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38
helen richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator ... she was the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the united states ... the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and was one of the first female flight instructors
Pancho Barnes, a pioneer for women in aviation. She had a grand career as a barnstormer, completing her first solo flight after only six hours of instruction. She broke Amelia Earhart’s speed record at just over 196 mph. In the 1930’s she moved to Hollywood and was a stunt pilot in many movies. She was so made of awesome, she was friends with Buzz Aldrin when he was still a test pilot.