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Hanna Reitsch, the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds during World War II. She set over forty aviation altitude and endurance records during her career, both before and after World War II, and several of her international gliding records still stand in 2012

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Charting five of culture’s most radical women

From M.I.A to a surrealist feminist photographer and the first black female aviator, designer Claire Barrow selects 5 radical females from culture: http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/24613/1/claire-barrow-s-top-five-stereotype-busting-women

Carte-de-visite portrait of Edmonia Lewis (1845-1890), African American Sculptor. Lewis, the first famous American sculptor of African descent, had a Chippewa mother and a free black father. After being orphaned at age twelve, she was adopted by abolitionist parents and eventually developed into an accomplished Neo-classical sculptor. While in Rome, she worked and exhibited with the likes of Harriet Hosmer. #Victorian #women #artists

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Baroness Raymonde de Laroche

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Willa Brown

Eartha M.M. White and her mother Clara White, 1910. A former opera singer, Eartha helped create the first school for black children in the Bayard neighborhood of Jacksonville. Eartha lived frugally on a teacher's wages, so she could support philanthropic causes. In 1904, she founded the Clara White Mission to honor her mother, a former slave who ran a soup kitchen in her home. Founded to serve blacks in segregated Jacksonville, the Clara White Mission now serves people of all races.

Due to the non combat nature of their work, Air Transport Auxilliary used women pilots to deliver aeroplanes to the various units .Here a brand new Supermarine Spitfire on its way ~

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Amelia Earhart

Elizabeth Chambers's WASP portrait from her official personnel folders (OPF).

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The first Afghan female pilot…

The first Afghan female pilot. Let me repeat, first. Afghan. Female. Pilot. Yeah, its pretty impressive. (And sexism is dumb.)

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Matice Wright, the Navy's first African American female naval flight officer.

Helen Richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator and the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States. Richey also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors. American Heroine. The kind of Woman You want Your Daughter to know about and say, "Mommy, when I grow up, I want to be just like Her."

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"Let women fly!" Remembering history's first female aviators

During Women of Aviation Week, we honor the female pioneers who created careers and inspired millions against the odds.

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The first female Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Sheila E. Widnall.

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reparations: A female Lockheed employee works on a P-38 Lighting - Burbank, CA - 1944

Famous women pilots preparing to take part in the 1934 Memorial Day air races at Dycer Airport. In front row kneeling is Gladys O’Donnell, who last year entered seven races and won six. Seated is Ruth Elder, famous flying beauty. Standing left to right: Kay Van Doozer, Myrtle D. Mims and Clema Granger.