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Behind the madcap, pinup quality of pictures taken in the 1920s and 1930s of female pilots were stories of great courage, tenacity and heroism.

Those Magnificent Women in Their Flying Machines

Behind the madcap, pinup quality of pictures taken in the 1920s and 1930s of female pilots were stories of great courage, tenacity and heroism.

Poster girl: First Officer Maureen Dunlop, the daughter of a British mother and Australian father, became a poster girl for ATA after the photo on the right appeared on the cover of the Picture Post

The female Top Guns of World War II who flew Spitfires and worked with men

Poster girl: First Officer Maureen Dunlop, the daughter of a British mother and Australian father, became a poster girl for ATA after the photo on the right appeared on the cover of the Picture Post

c. 1930  Maryse Bastiè (1898-1952) and Gilda de Bankford. Bastié's fascination with flight began when she married a WWI pilot. Her husband died in a plane crash in 1926. She supported herself through aerial acrobatics, later buying her own plane. She rose to the rank of Captain in the French Air Force, and was herself killed in an air crash.

"Let women fly!" Remembering history's first female aviators

c. 1930 Maryse Bastiè (1898-1952) and Gilda de Bankford. Bastié's fascination with flight began when she married a WWI pilot. Her husband died in a plane crash in 1926. She supported herself through aerial acrobatics, later buying her own plane. She rose to the rank of Captain in the French Air Force, and was herself killed in an air crash.

Portrait of English aviator Amy Johnson (1903-1941) wearing her flight jacket, cap and goggles, circa 1935.

Portrait of English aviator Amy Johnson (1903-1941) wearing her flight jacket, cap and goggles, circa 1935.

Oct 21, 1928 17 year old Elinor Smith flew her father’s Waco 10 biplane under the four East River bridges. Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge she flew between a tanker and a destroyer, flipping her plane into a vertical bank to thread through the narrow space. Overnight Elinor became world famous, earning her own radio show, endorsements from goggle and motor oil companies, and a job as test pilot.

Oct 21, 1928 17 year old Elinor Smith flew her father’s Waco 10 biplane under the four East River bridges. Beneath the Brooklyn Bridge she flew between a tanker and a destroyer, flipping her plane into a vertical bank to thread through the narrow space. Overnight Elinor became world famous, earning her own radio show, endorsements from goggle and motor oil companies, and a job as test pilot.

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