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Aviatrix History

Vintage Aviation Posters and the Role of Women

Vintage Aviation Posters and the Role of Women

From the dawn of aviation artists have delighted us with incredible works including the niche world of aviation advertising poster art. Looking back, these same posters now give us an interesting perspective on the artist’s perception of the role women played in aviation. These beautiful posters were a popular means of advertising movies, airshows, war efforts, airlines and events across the... Read More »

Caro Bayley Bosco… A Woman Getting High in A Super Cub

Caro Bayley Bosco… A Woman Getting High in A Super Cub

Sometimes really interesting stories come in the oddest ways. This one is from our LadiesLoveTaildraggers Facebook Group via John Graham, who saw it posted by Randy Corfman on www.supercub.org. It’s about ”woman aviator” (sorry Randy, I’m going with) “Ohio aviatrix”, Caro Bayley Bosco. I was shocked I had never heard of Caro and am happy these two taildragger pi... Read More »

Eileen Vollick, Canada’s first licensed woman pilot

Eileen Vollick, Canada’s first licensed woman pilot

Many thanks to Natalie McHaffie from Ontario, Canada for sending this gem of aviatrix history. “Flight training could only be had in Canada through the military until 1927. Eileen was a member of the first class in the first civilian flight school. The text is from a display that opened last week during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week at the Canadian Warplanes Heritage Museum in Hamilton, O... Read More »

Aviatrix Bettie Lund

Aviatrix Bettie Lund

Bettie Lund Aviatrix Bettie Lund grew up in the very early days of aviation. While flying was romantic and daring in 1929, pilots frequently lost their lives. 1929 was the year Bettie met her soon to be husband, stunt pilot Freddie Lund. After graduating high school, she followed him around the country as he barnstormed and did aerial stunts from 1929 to 1931. Along the way Freddie taught her to f... Read More »

Aviatrix from the past: Matilde E. Moisant

Aviatrix from the past: Matilde E. Moisant

We all know by now that Harriet Quimbly is credited with being the first woman to receive her pilot’s certificate in 1911 but does anyone ever remember #2 of anything? Mike Williams sent me the link to the 2nd woman to receive her pilots certificate, Matilde E. Moisant, because he knew I’d be interested in her Indiana connection. Born in 1878 in Indiana (let that soak in —- 1878)... Read More »

Blanche Stuart Scott

Blanche Stuart Scott

Was Blanche Stuart Scott America’s first aviatrix or should that honor go to Bessica Faith Raiche, the woman “officially” credited with achieving the first flight by a woman in America? You decide. Blanche Stuart Scott was born in 1885 and became an early enthusiast of the automobile. As a youngster her father bought a car and she drove it around New York in a time before there w... Read More »

High Society

High Society

High Society really did exist in the golden age of aviation. Here are a few photos and tidbits from that bygone era. JAYNE SHATTUCK TOPPING. From The Evening News, Sault St, Marie, MI, Dec. 15, 1937,  ”A Top Flight was made by Jayne Shattuck Topping, 32, society aviatrix, who flew from Detroit to New York in 2 hours, 20 minutes.” ———— Here’s an absolutely ... Read More »

Pilots from the Past: Eleanor Dorman & Marvel Crosson

Pilots from the Past: Eleanor Dorman & Marvel Crosson

Vintage aviatrix photo collector Andy Heins forwarded some more great photos of women aviatrix from the past (thank you Andy!) and I picked these to post first. It’s an interesting adventure searching the net trying to find out who all these women pilots from the past were. They all had a story that should be told.  Some names are well known, others not so much and some unnamed. If you have ... Read More »

Aviatrix History 4

Aviatrix History 4

The following are a few more photos and bits of information about women aviatrixes from history. Andy Heins continues to send me background information and I am finding the pictures and whatever historical documentation is available fascinating.  The pictures are wonderful but it’s truly the information about each woman that brings them to life. Annette Gipson was born in 1912 in Commerce, G... Read More »

Aviation Graphics & Advertising From The Past

Aviation Graphics & Advertising From The Past

This is an amazing assortment of images that include advertisements, drawings and even a 1931 magazine cover, all featuring women aviatrix. Please double click to get a close up view. * * * * * * * * Anyone that knows the history behind any of these images is welcome to leave a comment. All images provided by Andy Heins. Read More »

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