While visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, I noted a great display of “firsts” by female aviators. These women overcame many challenges to fulfill their dreams of becoming pilots. Here are a few that stood out.
Bessie Coleman became the first African American, male or female, to receive a pilot’s license in 1921.She had to go to France to receive training.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic.
In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova of Russia was the first woman in space.
Twenty years later Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
The cute little bumble-bee plane at the top really few but had room for only one person.