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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 »

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 »

The Gals that Blazed The Trail – Then & Now Video

The Gals that Blazed The Trail – Then & Now Video

Girls, hope you enjoy this latest LadiesLoveTaildraggers video. Like most of you, I am in awe of and have a true appreciation for all the women pilots who came before us. This short video includes some of those women and many of our newest LadiesLoveTaildraggers members. 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 »

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock     (Florida)

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock (Florida)

Ladies, Carl Hicks Jr., Executive Director of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, recently sent me a very interesting note and a couple of eye opening links… “So Will We Ever See Honored the First Woman to Fly Around the World, Solo, (in a taildragger of course?) I think you gals ought to really hold her up as the ultimate role model! Warm Wishes, Carl” I have to agree with Car... 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 »

Aviatrix from History

Aviatrix from History

Thanks, Andy Heins, for these beautiful photos. – Jackie Cochran set more speed and altitude records than any of her contemporaries, male or female. She not only became one of the world’s great aviatrixes but also one of the best pilots of either gender. – – – – – In the 1935 Bendix, Cecil Allen flew the Granville Brothers’ Gee Bee R-1/2 hybrid, NR21... Read More »

Something New – Aviatrix From The Past!

Something New – Aviatrix From The Past!

I was presented with an opportunity recently that’s just too great to pass up and I hope you agree. As you probably know, our fun little group of women taildragger pilots is ALL about having fun flying them… right now… yesterday, today and tomorrow! This is a group that gets out there and does it and doesn’t just sit around talking about it. Granted, things happen for all k... Read More »