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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 instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. During an attempt to ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States of America

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 34 (1892-1926)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States of America

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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 Shuttle Columbia disaster. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)

Birthplace: Karnal, India

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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 thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space. Before her recruitment as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile factory assembly worker and an amateur skydiver. After the dissolution of the first group of female cosmonauts in 1969, she became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, holding various political offices. She remained politically active following the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 81

Birthplace: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia

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