This Day in Women's Aviation

Today is Monday, April 22, 2019 12:07 PM

1943 - Chinese-American Dorothy Yang received her diploma and wings, becoming the first pilot for the Women Airforce Service Pilots. As the WASP’s only non-white member, she would suffer ill treatment because of her Asian features. On one occasion, after an emergency landing in a field, she would be surrounded by hostile farmers who believed that they had captured a Japanese spy.

1987 - Colleen Burgess was the first woman airline pilot hired by Pan Am since its merger with National Airlines. Susan Horstman, hired by National in 1979, would be considered the first woman flying for Pan Am when the two airlines merged.