In honour of this beautiful day, we will bring back memories of the women in aviation that once stood tall at the top of the aviation world. All the mothers that made history by flying, and being mothers!
Women in Aviation –
Happy Mother’s Day! Well, in certain parts of the world at least.
It is always confusing why everyone celebrates Mother’s Day on a different date. I mean, in the UK – it’s on the 11th of March. In the United States – it’s on the 13th of May. In the United Arab Emirates, they celebrate on the 21st of March!
We just can’t keep up with all of that! Thus, after holding hours and hours of several nerve-wracking and intense meetings with all the company departments and our CEO himself – we have concluded that we will just merge all of the celebrations into this single blog post.
In honour of this beautiful day, we will bring back memories of the greatest women in aviation that stood at the top of the aviation world. All the mothers that made history by flying, and being mothers!
Bessie Raiche (1875-1932):
On September 16, 1910 – Bessica Faith Raiche was credited with becoming the first American woman to fly solo. To make things even more interesting, it was on an aircraft that was built by her husband, Francois Raiche and herself out of their living room.
She was also mother to one – a daughter named Catherine. A great pioneer in the history of aviation with achievements that surely could never be understated.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001):
Anne Lindbergh was the first American woman to receive a glider pilot’s license. To prove her dedication in helping her husband on his pioneer routes for the airline’s industry – she learned Morse code and earned a radio operator’s license.
She earned a world record for radio communication between aircraft and ground stations after completing her 5-month, 30,000+ mile survey in which she and her husband flew to across the continents – from Europe to Africa and South America.
Anne also became the first woman to receive the Hubbard Gold Medal which is the National Geographic Society’s highest award in celebration of her achievements.
She was also mother to an incredible six children. Crediting that you will never find a more determined and strong-willed women in the world.
Elinor Smith (1911-2010):
Elinor Smith became the youngest pilot in history to receive a Federation Aeronautique International license in 1927 at only 16 years of age.
In the next year, she followed up this outstanding achievement by becoming the first and to this date still, the only pilot to ever have successfully manoeuvred a plane under all four New York City bridges. She was mother to four children. An aspiring icon and incredible woman for young female aviators around the world.
Pauline Gower (1910-1947):
Pauline Gower was born in Kent, England. She was the very first woman that was not only allowed into, but even fly a Royal Air Force plane.
In 1939, she put forward a proposition to which she was granted permission. That allowed her to form the Women’s Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary. The ATA would ferry aircraft from the DeHavilland factory to RAF training bases.
Throughout everything she has achieved and celebrated in her life, nothing would resemble her ultimate sacrifice. As she died giving birth to her wonderful two sons.
Forever remembered among women aviators in Canada, Lorna DeBlicquy is hugely credited with establishing a place for women in aviation in Canada.
In 1974, she wrote an editorial that protested against the discrimination that women pilots faced at the hands of the Crown Corporation Air Transit. This editorial received attention nationwide. It immensely contributed towards cementing a place for women in the cockpits of all the major airlines in Canada.
She went on to receive the Order of Canada award in 1995. This was to celebrate her achievements and service to her country and to humanity at large. She was also mother to a wonderful girl.
Of course, the list of greatest women in aviation could go on forever! Women in aviation have truly transformed the aviation world throughout years past and have significantly contributed towards getting aviation to where it is today.
They have always been essential supporters, lovers and members of the aviation community even in times of oppression and discrimination.
From the very start, we can remember that it was the sister of the Wright’s brother. Katharine Wright, who financially and morally supported her brothers in their quest to achieve their dream of flight.
Wilbur himself said, “If ever the world thinks of us in connection with aviation, it must remember our sister.”
To learn more about influential women in aviation, I would suggest you read this post by Women in Aviation.
We hope you take the time of day not only to appreciate the women and mothers of aviation but also to give the time of day to your own!
Aviators or not, all mothers deserve the utmost respect and credibility for carrying out the toughest job in the world. Simply for being themselves – a mother.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers around the world! From everyone at Flock, we wish you all the health and success in the world.
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