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Getty Gillies was the first pilot to qualify for the Women’s Auxilary Ferrying Squadron. In early March 1943 Gillies became the first woman to fly the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt when she was checked out on the aircraft at Wilmington, Delaware. Since the P-47 was a single seat aircraft, her first flight was also her first solo flight.

HERO: Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiialry Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed

Matilde Moisant was the second woman in the United States to receive a pilot's license. (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Women in Aviaition and Space History)

Amelia Earhart - An interesting life for a woman at the dawn of aviation. She worked hard to earn her pilot’s license and then proceeded to break many of the existing flight records. She became as famous as Charles Lindbergh and flew into history in 1937 when her flight around the globe resulted in her plane’s mysterious disappearance. The search for the truth about what happened to her continues to this day.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart (disappeared 1937) was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

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.


Female Pilot of the Us Women's Air Force Service Posed with Her Leg Up on the Wing of an Airplane