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Lady Heath, born Sophie Pierce Evans in Limerick. For a five-year period from the mid-1920s, pilot Lady Mary Heath was one of the best-known women in the world. It was an era when everyone had gone aviation mad, she was the first woman to parachute and the first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence. In 1928 Lady Heath made front-page news worldwide as the first pilot ever, male or female, to fly a small, open cockpit plane solo from Cape Town

Flight Gear: Pilot Equipment from the Open-Cockpit Era. U.S. Army Air Forces arctic flight suit c. 1944

Details about 1930 AMERICAN EAGLE Monoplane Open Cockpit Biplane Aircraft Vintage Aviation AD

1930 AMERICAN EAGLE Monoplane Open Cockpit Biplane Aircraft Vintage Aviation AD

Alexander Eaglerock. In the 1928 - 1929 time frame the Alexander Aircraft Company was the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, with the capacity of manufacturing eight airplanes a day. The Eaglerock was in the running with Bellanca as the aircraft-of-choice for Charles A. Lindbergh’s historic New York to Paris flight. It was only due to both factories already being buried with production orders that "Lucky Lindy" ended up with the successful Ryan monoplane., #hudsonvalley #ny…

Culp Special, one of a kind built by my friend Steve Culp. I was NOT a fan of his inverted traffic patterns (note the open cockpit!). I strapped in tight for these flights!

Vintage Wings of Canada's achingly lovely de Havilland Fox Moth - something of a bulked up Tiger Moth with an enclosed cabin for 4, and open cockpit for the pilot, with an optional canopy. I want it. It's for sale. There's just one piece of the puzzle missing...