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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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    Amelia Mary Earhart (, born July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 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.Born in Atchison, Kansas, Earhart developed a passion for adventure at a young age, steadily gaining flying experience from her twenties. In 1928, Earhart became the first female passenger to cross the Atlantic by airplane (accompanying pilot Wilmer Stultz), for which she achieved celebrity status. In 1932, piloting a Lockheed Vega... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas

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    Bessie Coleman

    Bessie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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    Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an early American civil aviator. She was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. She achieved her international pilot license in 1921.Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Coleman went into the cotton fields at a young age while also studying in a small segregated school and went on to attend one term of college at Langston University. She developed an early interest in flying, but African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved up money and obtained sponsorships to go to France for flight... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 34 (1892-1926)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas
  • Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Aviators
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    Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian descent to go to 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 who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster when the spacecraft disintegrated during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Chawla was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and several streets, universities and institutions have been named in her honor. The late astronaut is recognized as a national hero in India.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. 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 (Russian: Валентина Владимировна Терешкова, IPA: [vɐlʲɪnʲˈtʲinə vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvnə tʲɪrʲɪʂˈkovə] (listen); born 6 March 1937) is a member of the Russian State Duma, engineer, and former cosmonaut. She is the first and youngest woman to have flown in space with a solo mission on the Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. She orbited the Earth 48 times, spent almost three days in space, and remains the only woman to have been on a solo space mission. Before her selection for the Soviet space program, Tereshkova was a textile factory worker and an amateur skydiver. She joined the Air Force as part of the Cosmonaut Corps and was commissioned as an officer after completing her... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Russia
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