Historic: Women in Aviation

Amelia Earhart

Women have played a significant part in the early stages of aviation. Women, like Amelia Earhart (above) provided not only the glamour, but also the brains and the determination to take their talents sky high.

In 1954, Flight published an article Women in Aviation....It started in 1783, in which the first paragraph reads: "It is still considered a matter of some moment for a woman to be closely concerned with aviation.... and she must have a sturdy spirit to overcome the prejudice which still assumes that the air is the man's domain.”;

In the AirSpace image folder entitled Women in Aviation you'll see an array of fashions including wartime uniforms, airline stewardess uniforms and images of Amy Johnston and Amelia Earhart (above), the woman who flew the across the Atlantic and to Australia and mysteriously disappeared in the South Pacific while attempting to set a record to fly around the world. Many were concerned for her wellbeing but according to the profile of her in Liz Moscrop and Sanjay Rampal’s book The 100 Greatest Women in Aviation, she said: “Please be aware I am aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”

On this page you will find a range of content:

VIDEOS: Women in Aviation - The ATA girl and the display pilot - See two videos interviews of women Spitfire pilots: One who displays the aircraft at air shows and another who ferried Spitfir

FEATURE: Team Dream - Racing the odds: a report on the annual female-only Air Race Classic (ARC) event held in June 2011

 PICTURES: You can buy images from the Women in Aviation from the Flightglobal Image Store

RELATED ARTICLES: Navigate to the right of this page to Further Reading of articles highlighting the contribution women have made to the progress of aviation as an industry.

CAPTION COMPETITION: Enter our caption competition to win a copy of The 100 Greatest Women in Aviation by Liz Moscrop and Sanjay Rampal, which includes profiles of the first woman to have a pilot’s licence, Elise Raymonde Deroche, Amelia Earhart, Nancy Bird Walton and Amy Johnston.