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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
A ferry pilot of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) in the cockpit of a Supermarine Spitfire fighter, September 1944. ATA pilots deliver newly manufactured aircraft from the factory to military airfields. Original publication: Picture Post - 1805 - The Work Of The Ferry Pilots - pub. 16th September 1944. (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Canadian aviator Billy Stark returned to Vancouver from flight school in San Diego with his pilot’s licence and new Curtiss Flyer. His wife, Olive, became the first Canadian female airplane passenger later that day.
Maureen Dunlop leaving the cockpit of a plane she had just flown in 1944. These female pilots of the British Air Transport Auxiliary flew Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to air bases in England during WWII ~