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Timeline of women in aviation and space history

Timeline of women in aviation and space history

Women have contributed to the advancement of the air and space industry since 1784. Here is a list of their most significant breakthroughs at world level.
1784 – First woman to fly – Marie Élisabeth Thible, France

Marie Elisabeth Thible First Woman to Fly

1798 – First woman to pilot an aircraft solo – Jeanne Labrosse, France
1799 – First woman to parachute jump – Jeanne Labrosse, France
1903 – First woman to pilot a motorized aircraft solo – Aida de Acosta, United States of America
1910 – First woman to earn a pilot license – Raymonde de Laroche, France (view first 10)

Raymonde de Laroche, first woman to earn a pilot license on March 8, 1910

1911 – First woman to win an air race – Hélène Dutrieu, Belgium/France
1911 – First woman to teach her child to fly – Hilda Hewlett, England
1912 – First woman to patent an aircraft design – Amelie Hedwig Beese, Germany
1912 – First woman to pilot a seaplane – Hélène Dutrieu, Belgium/France
1912 – First woman to fly over the English Channel – Harriet Quimby, United States of America
1913 – First commissioned female airmail pilot – Katherine Stinson, United States of America
1914 – First woman to fly an aerobatic maneuver (loop) – Lidia Zvereva, Russia
1915 – First woman to fly in combat – Marie Marvingt, France
1921 – First black female to obtain a pilot license – Bessie Coleman, United States of America
1927 – First female airline pilot – Marga von Etzdorf, Germany
1929 – First female movie stunt pilot – Florence Lowe Barnes, United States of America
1930 – First female pilots to refuel a plane in flight – Elinor Smith & Evelyn Trout, United States of America
1934 – First woman to flight instruct at a military flight academy – Marina Mikhailovna Raskova, Russia
1935 – First certificated flight nurse – Marie Marvingt, France
1937 – First woman to fly a fighter aircraft in combat – Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey
1937 – First woman to pilot a helicopter – Hanna Reitsch, Germany
1943 – First and only women to receive the Ace Pilot designation – Lidya Litvyak & Katya Budanova, Russia
1944 – First woman to pilot a jet– Hanna Reitsch, Germany
1948 – First female agricultural pilot – Ada Rogato, Brazil
1953 – First woman to break the sound barrier – Jacqueline Cochran, United States of America
1955 – First woman to hold a test pilot license – Jacqueline Auriol, France
1963 – First woman to fly in space – Valentina Tereshkova, Russia

Valentina Terechkova, first woman in space
June 16, 1963 – Valentina Terechkova, first woman in space

1964 – First woman to fly solo around the world – Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock, United States of America
1993 – First woman to fly a supersonic airline jet – Barbara Harmer, England
2009 – First woman to lead a national demonstration aerobatic team – Virginie Guyot, France

More women firsts in the air and space industry at www.CentennialOfWomenPilots.com