|By Carmelo Turdo|
Katharine Wright: Influenced the development of the Wright Flyer, 1903+
E. Lillian Todd: First women aircraft designer, 1910
Therese Peltier: First women to solo in a heavier than air powered aircraft, 1908
Elise Deroche: First women to earn international pilot's license, 1910
Blanche Scott and Bessica Raiche: First American women to solo, 1910
Harriette Quimby: First licensed American woman pilot, 1911; first woman to cross the English Channel, 1912
Ruth Law: First woman to fly non-stop from Chicago to New York, 1916
Bessie Coleman: First black woman to earn international pilot's license, 1921
Women's Air Derby was started in 1929, leading to women's involvement in air racing
Amelia Earhart, undoubtedly the best marketed woman pilot of all time, was the first woman to: fly the Atlantic Ocean non-stop as a passenger in 1928, fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, fly a solo transcontinental round-trip flight also in 1932, fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland in 1935 and was lost attempting a round-the-world flight in 1937. Yunger commented,"If I ask a group of non-pilots to name a woman pilot - it's Amelia Earhart. I never hear any other name but Amelia Earhart...And I think that's because there's just this mystique: 'What happened to Amelia?'" 75 years later, that question remains unanswered.
Other topics covered included air races with male competitors to the present day; women's service in World War II and subsequent armed conflicts, including combat roles in current conflicts; aerobatic champions including Betty Skelton and Patty Wagstaff, and women astronauts.
This presentation is highly recommend for adult and youth groups of all types. If you would like to arrange for Libby to speak to your organization, contact The Aero Experience at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.