Who was the first female pilot to achieve a transatlantic flight?

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asked Jun 21 in Aircraft by guymekse (640 points)
Who was the first female pilot to achieve a transatlantic flight?

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answered Jun 24 by dragon87 (1,670 points)
Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to achieve a transatlantic flight.

Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author.

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Amelia Earhart was awarded a medal in recognition of her transatlantic flight in June 1928.

With that flight Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, though she was merely a passenger accompanying pilots Wilmer Stultz and Lou Gordon aboard the Fokker F. VII "Friendship."

The greatest pilot of all time is Erich Hartmann who was the most successful fighter pilot of all times with 352 kills.

A number that will never be surpassed.

His nickname „Bubi“ means „little boy“ – and it's easy to find out why he was called like that.

He was also called „The black devil“.

Another great pilot was Jacqueline Cochran.

Jacqueline Cochran became a pilot after a friend offered her a ride in an aircraft and she enjoyed flying.

It then became one of Jacqueline Cochran's goals to become a pilot which she achieved.

After a friend offered her a ride in an aircraft, Cochran began taking flying lessons at Roosevelt Airfield, Long Island in the early 1930s and learned to fly an aircraft in three weeks.

She then soloed and within two years obtained her commercial pilot's license.

Jaqueline Cochran had trained as a beautician and pursued that career in Montgomery, Alabama, in Pensacola, Florida, and from roughly 1931 in New York City, where she took the name Jacqueline.

She took her first flying lessons in 1932 and got her pilot's license in three weeks.

Jaqueline Cochran continued to fly for decades after the war, breaking many records, including becoming the first woman to break the sound barrier.

After their success, Jackie was asked to organize a program for training women pilots in the United States.

In 1943, Cochran's program became known as the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs).

In her early teens Jacqueline Cochran moved in with a Jewish family that owned hair salons.

Underage, Cochran worked mixing dyes when she secured a promotion by threatening her employer with disclosure to child labor authorities.

A year later, Cochran moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to work in another salon.

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