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List of famous female aviators, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female aviators list contains the most prominent and top females known for being aviators. There are thousand of females working as aviators in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic aviators have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a aviator then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Winifred Spooner, Kalpana Chawla and many more.

While this isn't a list of all female aviators, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female aviators?" and "Who are the best female aviators?"
Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was ...more

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Birthplace: Atchison County, Kansas, Atchison, Contiguous United States United States of America, + more

Profession: Pilot, Writer

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Bessie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1892-1926)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Pilot

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)

Birthplace: Karnal, India

Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Scientist, Mechanical engineer Aerospace Engineer, + more

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Valentina Tereshkova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was only honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and ...more

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Age: 80

Birthplace: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia

Profession: Pilot, Politician, Astronaut

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Harriet Quimby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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Harriet Quimby was an early American aviator and a movie screenwriter. In 1911, she was awarded a U.S. pilot's certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman to gain a pilot's license in the United States. In 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1875-1912)

Birthplace: Arcadia, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Journalist, Screenwriter

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Tammy Duckworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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Ladda Tammy Duckworth is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district since 2013. A Democrat, she is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, ...more

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Age: 49

Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand

Profession: Pilot, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer

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Yury Vasilyevich Malyshev was born in the village Nikolayevsk, Stalingrad Oblast, USSR on August 27, 1941. He studied in Taganrog's high school N24, 1949-1959. He was married with two children. He was selected as a cosmonaut on May 7, 1967. He retired on July 20, 1988. He died on November 8, 1999 in ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1941-1999)

Birthplace: Nikolayevsk, Russia

Profession: Pilot

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Yury Viktorovich Romanenko is a former Soviet cosmonaut, twice Hero of the Soviet Union. Over his career, Yury Romanenko spent a total of 430 days 20 hours 21 minutes 30 seconds in space and 18 hours in space walks. In 1987 he was a resident of the Mir space station, launching on Soyuz TM-2 and ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Orenburg Oblast, Russia

Profession: Pilot, Astronaut

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