‘A History of Aviation’ by David Henderson. Inspired by the 15th century fan vaulting of Bath Abbey. "...the sculpture revests Perpendicular Gothic with its original spirit: an aspiration to defy gravity, to soar, to create a space in which the spirit can fly." at Smack Mellon. video-http://www.davidhenderson.org/video/smack_mellon/ also see http://www.contemporist.com/2014/03/07/a-history-of-aviation-by-david-henderson/
Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran, June 2, 1947. Cochran's career spanned four decades from the 1930s to the 1960s. Among her many accomplishments, she won the prestigious long-distance Bendix Trophy Race in 1937, founded the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during WWII, and became the first woman to break the sound barrier in 1953. Here she stands in the cockpit of her North American P-51B Mustang. SI-86-533
Amelia Earhart: The most famous woman pilot of her era, she was a promoter of women’s careers in aviation and one of the founders of the Ninety-Nines, the first professional organization of women pilots. Her disappearance in 1937 during an around-the-world flight attempt sent shockwaves through the aviation community. Speculation about what happened to her is widespread nearly three quarters of a century later.