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Female officers of the 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment Comdr Evdokia Davydovna Bershanskaya (1913-1982 left) Sq Cmdr Maria V. Smirnova (1920-2002 - standing) and Polina Gelman (1919-2005) Head of Communication of the Aviation. Some analysts suggest that the degree of integration of women in the Red Army during WW2 remains unparalleled to this day among all armed forces of the world (with the exception of China and North Korea).
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
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. NASM-73-3564
Betsy Thunder, HoChunk Medicine Woman, Wisconsin, 1913. From the book Women's Wisconsin, about womens diverse roles as farmers, chiefs, and medicine women. In the 1700s the chief was a woman, Hopoekaw, who guided the HoChunk through the French colonization of Wisconsin and the later American intrusion.
Broadside for Woman's National Aviation Home Guard of North America taught at Captain John Berrys School of Automobiling and Aviation, 3910 Washington Boulevard. Female aviator Clara Laurell is pictured standing beside an airplane. (1917) Missouri History Museum