Famous Female Aviators People

Famous Female Aviators

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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?"


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    Amelia Earhart
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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
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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
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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 Shuttle ...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
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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 thus ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia
    • Profession: Pilot, Politician, Astronaut
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    Harriet Quimby
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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. Although ...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
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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, and ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • 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 landing ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Orenburg Oblast, Russia
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut
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    Ruth Chatterton
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    Ruth Chatterton was an American stage, film and television actress. In the late 1930s, Chatterton retired from film acting but continued her career on the stage. She later became a successful novelist and early aviator. Chatterton briefly returned to screen acting in the 1950s before her death of a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1892-1961)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Actor
    • Credits: Dodsworth, The Rich Are Always with Us, The Lady of Scandal, Lady of Secrets, Journal of a Crime, + more
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    Jacqueline Cochran
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    Lt. Col Jacqueline Cochran was a pioneer in the field of American aviation, considered to be one of the most gifted racing pilots of her generation. She was an important contributor to the formation of the wartime Women's Auxiliary Army Corps and Women Airforce Service Pilots.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1906-1980)
    • Birthplace: Muscogee, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Blanche Stuart Scott
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    Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, was possibly the first American woman aviator.more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1885-1970)
    • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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    Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author, aviator, and the wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh. She was an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to non-fiction, touching upon topics as diverse as youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1906-2001)
    • Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Poet, Author, Essayist
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    Susan Oliver was an American actress, television director and aviator.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1932-1990)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Pilot, Actor
    • Credits: M*A*S*H, Trapper John, M.D., Peyton Place, BUtterfield 8, + more
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    Sabiha Gökçen

    Sabiha Gökçen was a Turkish aviator. She was the first Turkish female combat pilot, aged 23. According to some sources she was also the world's first female fighter pilot; however, others such as Marie Marvingt and Eugenie Mikhailovna Shakhovskaya both preceded her. She was one of the eight adopted ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1913-2001)
    • Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Wendy B. Lawrence
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    Wendy Barrien Lawrence is a retired United States Navy Captain, former helicopter pilot, an engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. She was the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to fly into space and she has also visited the Russian Space Station Mir. She was a mission specialist ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, Astronaut, Engineer
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    Raymonde de Laroche

    Raymonde de Laroche
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    Raymonde de Laroche, born Elise Raymonde Deroche, was a French pilot and the first woman in the world to receive an aeroplane pilot's licence.more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1882-1919)
    • Birthplace: France
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Hélène Boucher

    Hélène Boucher
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    Hélène Boucher was a well-known French pilot in in the early 1930s, when she set several women's world speed records, including one which was also a world record for either sex. She was killed in an accident in 1934.more

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    • Age: Died at 26 (1908-1934)
    • Birthplace: Versailles, France
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Elsa Andersson was Sweden's first female aviator and stunt parachutist. She was the daughter of a farmer in Strövelstorp in the Scanian countryside. Her mother died when she was aged six. Her elder brother left the family and sought a new life in America. Always showing determination and ambition, she ...more

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    • Age: Died at 25 (1897-1922)
    • Birthplace: Strövelstorp, Sweden
    • Profession: Pilot
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    Bessica Medlar Raiche
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    Bessica Medlar Raiche was a dentist, businesswoman, and physician, who was the first woman in the United States accredited with flying solo in an airplane. Her accomplishment is impressive because she had received no flight instruction or experience prior to her flight.more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1875-1932)
    • Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Physician, Dentist
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    Marie Marvingt
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    Marie Marvingt was a French athlete, mountaineer, aviator and journalist. She won numerous prizes for her sporting achievements including those of swimming, cycling, mountain climbing, winter sports, ballooning, flying, riding, gymnastics, athletics, rifle shooting and fencing. She was the first woman ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1875-1963)
    • Birthplace: Aurillac, France
    • Profession: Pilot, Nurse, Nursing, Athlete, Mountaineer, + more
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