Florence "Pancho" Barnes with her Len Travel Air Mystery S., August 4, 1930. On that day, Barnes set a new speed record for women of 196.19 miles per hour. She is also known for setting other flying records, racing planes, working in the Hollywood film industry, and organizing the stunt pilots union during the Depression. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
At the time of her death in 1980, pioneer American aviator Jacqueline Cochran held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other male or female pilot in aviation history. She was also the first woman to break the sound barrier, doing so in 1953 in an F-86 Sabre jet.
Helen Richey (1909-1947) 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 is the girl on the right.)
Helen Richey (1909–1947) : Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. Helen became First Woman Hired to be a Pilot by a Commercial Airline in the US. First Woman Licensed as Aviation Instructor. 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 airbases. She died by suicide in NYC, at age 38. Barbituates. ~Repinned ~Repinned Via Stephen Rettig
Jacqueline Cochran: Internationally Known Woman Aviator Cochran was born near Panama City about 1910, but grew up in Pensacola She was orphaned in infancy and then lived with a poor family that traveled to sawmill towns in search of jobs. She became a reporter, owned a cosmetics firm and worked as a test pilot. She was the first woman to break the sound barrier, first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic and the first civilian woman to win a Distinguished Service Medal.
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.