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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, Kansas, United States of America

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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