Female Pilots

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Amelia Earhart
(The First Female Aviator to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean)
Amelia Earhart
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Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: January 5, 1939

Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight, in 1932. A champion for equal rights, Amelia later wrote best-selling memoirs and contributed to the women pilot’s group The Ninety-Nines. In 1937, Amelia disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean and was later declared dead.

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Valentina Tereshkova
(The First and Youngest Woman in Space)
Valentina Tereshkova
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Birthdate: March 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bol'shoe Maslennikovo, Russia
Former cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is currently part of the Russian State Duma. In 1963, she became the first woman to fly into space when she went on a solo mission aboard the Vostok 6. She has won many honors, such as the Hero of the Soviet Union.
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Amy Johnson
(Aviator)
Amy Johnson
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Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941
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Hanna Reitsch
(Aviator, Test Pilot, and the First German Woman to Win a Captain’s Licence)
Hanna Reitsch
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Birthdate: March 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jelenia Góra, Poland
Died: August 24, 1979
It is believed Hanna Reitsch, eager to fly, had almost jumped off her balcony at 4. She was named Stratosphere by her flying-school classmates. A Nazi aviator and test pilot, she was given poisonous capsules by Hitler when the Red Army was taking over Berlin, but didn’t commit suicide.
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Beryl Markham
(Renowned aviator and author who was the first woman to fly an east-to-west solo route across the Atlantic Ocean)
Beryl Markham
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Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 3, 1986
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Jacqueline Cochran
(The First Female Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier)
Jacqueline Cochran
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Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muscogee, Cantonment, Florida, United States
Died: August 9, 1980

A pioneer in women’s aviation, US pilot Jacqueline Cochran was the first female pilot to break the sound barrier. She was also the first woman to lead the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as its president and the first female Bendix race competitor. She held several other records and also led the organization WASP.

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Geraldyn M Cobb
(American Aviation Pioneer Who Was the First Woman to Pass Astronaut Testing)
Geraldyn M Cobb
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Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norman, USA
Died: March 18, 2019

American aviation pioneer Geraldyn M. Cobb was part of the pathbreaking Mercury 13 program and scripted history as the first female candidate to pass astronaut testing. She had a pilot’s license by 18 and later found new air routes to the Andes and the Amazon rain forests and immersed herself in humanitarian work.

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Lydia Litvyak
(Fighter pilot)
Lydia Litvyak
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Birthdate: August 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 1, 1943
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Nadiya Savchenko
(Politician, pilot)
Nadiya Savchenko
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Birthdate: May 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
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Pancho Barnes
(Pathbreaking US Aviator, Film Stunt Pilot, and Businesswoman)
Pancho Barnes
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Birthdate: July 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: March 30, 1975

Pioneering US aviator and female movie stunt pilot Pancho Barnes helped develop the first film stunt pilots’ union. The granddaughter of aeronaut and inventor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, she launched the guest ranch Happy Bottom Riding Club. Her nickname Pancho helped her disguise herself as a man in Mexico in her initial days.

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Marina Raskova
(Navigator)
Marina Raskova
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Birthdate: March 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: January 4, 1943
Beate Uhse-Rotermund
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Birthdate: October 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wargenau, East Prussia
Died: July 16, 2001
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Svetlana Kapanina
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Birthdate: December 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shchuchinsk, Kazakhstan
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Valery Chkalov
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Birthdate: February 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chkalovsk
Died: December 15, 1938
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Yevdokiya Bershanskaya
(Military personnel)
Yevdokiya Bershanskaya
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Birthdate: February 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dobrovol'noye, Russia
Died: September 16, 1982
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Ewa WiSnierska
(Paraglider)
Ewa WiSnierska
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Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nysa, Poland
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Raymonde de Laroche
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Birthdate: August 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 18, 1919
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Yekaterina Budanova
(Fighter pilot)
Yekaterina Budanova
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Birthdate: December 6, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smolensk Oblast, Russia
Died: July 19, 1943
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Niloofar Rahmani
(The First Woman in the History of Afghanistan Who Became Fixed-Wing Air Force Aviator)
Niloofar Rahmani
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Birthdate: September 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Logar Province Logar, Afghanistan

Niloofar Rahmani is the first woman in Afghanistan’s history who became fixed-wing Air Force aviator. She is Afghan Air Force’s first female pilot since 2001 fall of Taliban. Despite receiving death threats, Rahmani completed her training which included training on C-130s with the US Air Force. She received International Women of Courage Award and was granted asylum in the US.

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Nadezhda Popova
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Birthdate: December 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shabanovka, Russia
Died: July 6, 2013
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Elly Beinhorn
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Birthdate: May 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: November 28, 2007
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Jacqueline Auriol
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Birthdate: November 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Challans, France
Died: February 11, 2000
Diana Barnato Walker
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Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 28, 2008
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Irina Sebrova
(Flight Commander)
Irina Sebrova
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Birthdate: December 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tetyakovka, Russia
Died: April 5, 2000
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Khiuaz Dospanova
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Birthdate: May 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kurmangazy District, Kazakhstan
Died: May 20, 2008
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Betty Skelton
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Birthdate: June 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died: August 31, 2011
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Evelyn Trout
(Aviator)
Evelyn Trout
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Birthdate: January 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenup, Illinois, United States
Died: January 24, 2003
Frances Wilson Grayson
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Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Cherokee Village, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 23, 1927
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Touria Chaoui
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Birthdate: December 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fez, Morocco
Died: March 1, 1956
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Latifa Nabizada
(One of Two Afghan Women Pilots Who Could Fly a Mi-17 Helicopter)
Latifa Nabizada
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Former Afghan Air Force helicopter pilot Latifa Nabizada scripted history as one of the first 2 Afghan women pilots who could fly a Mi-17 helicopter. In 2013, she quite her flying career amid death threats from the Taliban and switched to a desk job at the Afghan defense ministry instead.

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Melissa Andrzejewski
(Skydiver, Pilot)
Melissa Andrzejewski
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Birthplace: United states
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Maryse Bastié
(French Aviator Who Set Several International Records)
Maryse Bastié
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Birthdate: February 27, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: France
Died: July 6, 1952
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Thokozile Muwamba
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Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Zambia
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Ouma Laouali
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Birthplace: Niger