Sunday, February 1, 2009

Events in Aviation History, Jan 22 - Jan 31

Willa Brown, first Black woman to earn a commercial pilot's license and first Black officer in the Civil Air Patrol, was born on this day in 1906, in Glasgow, Kentucky.

On this day in 1999, the Sydney Morning Herald did a nostalgia piece on Australian Peggy Kelman. She flew from England to Australia in 1936.

On Jan 24, 1927, Park Kyung-won, age 25, earned her 3rd class pilot's license, becomong Korea's first civilian woman pilot. Kwon Ki-ok was their first military pilot, having been trained by the Chinese Air Force. She was only 32 when she died in in a crash during a flight betweem Manchukuo and Japan.

On January 26, 1930, after 3 hours of instruction at Lindbergh Field, Peaches Wallace, age 20, becomes the second woman to warn a 3rd class glider license with a 36-second flight over San Diego. (Photo of Peaches)

On January 27, 1909, Jessie E. Woods, founder and performer in the Ace FLying Circus, is born in Wichita.

January 28, 1986. Spae shuttle Challenger disintegrates. The seven-person crew is killed, incluidng mission specialist Judith Resnick and the teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe. (Also killed were Francis "Dick" Scobee, Commander, Michael J. Smith, Pilot, Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist, Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist
and Gregory Jarvis, Payload specialist.)

January 29, 1979. Frontier Airlines hires Emily Howell Warner, the first female airline pilot hired in the United States.

On January 30, 1929, the 17-year-old Elinor Smith takes off from Mitchel Field, NY in an open-cockpit biplane. She will set a new woman's solo endurance record of 13 hrs, 16 minutes, and 45 seconds.

January 31, 2005. Durng the Iraqi elections, Nicole Malachowski is one of several Air Force pilots providing cover over Bagdad. She would log 188 flight hours in combat before becoming the first woman to join the USAF Thunderbirds display team.

Source: The Women in Aviation Desktop Calendar, offered by Powderpuff Pilot.

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