This Day in Women's Aviation

Today is Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:59 AM

1928 - Amelia Earhart touched down at Burry Port, Wales, becoming the first woman passenger to fly across the Atlantic. The Fokker F7, Friendship flight took 20 hours and 40 minutes. The landmark flight made headlines worldwide and, when the crew returned to the U.S., they were greeted with a ticker-tape parade in New York and a White House reception held by President Coolidge. Amelia prophetically stated, ".maybe someday I'll try it alone." Four years later, she would make history again with the first solo flight across the Atlantic by a woman.

1943 - WASP trainee Dorothy Ebersbach sent a telegram to her father in Tampa, Florida to report her flight training progress in Sweetwater, Texas: “Soloed today. Everything Hokey Dokey. Love, Dorothy.”

2009 - Lt Col Deanna Violette assumed command of the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Carson, Colorado, becoming the first female to ever lead a U.S. Air Force air support operations squadron. The F-15E Strike Eagle pilot previously commanded an expeditionary air support operations squadron in Afghanistan in 2003. She had more than 1,000 flying hours in several types of aircraft.

2009 - For the 100th anniversary of the Paris Air Show, 100 female high school and university students met in Le Bourget, France with 100 mentors--female engineers or technicians employed by a corporate partner of the association Elles Bougent (Women on the Move)--to share in the discovery of the aerospace industry. The event introduced female students to products and careers with relatively low female representation. The guest of honor was Frenchwoman Catherine Maunoury, two-time winner of the World Aerobatic Championships, who shared her energy and passion for aeronautics and her experience as a woman competing in a male-dominated field.