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GABRIELLA “GABY” ANGELINI

As was the case for many young women born into middle-class families at the beginning of 1900s, Gabriella ‘Gaby’ Angelini had a piano teacher and attended a ballet school in Milan. But she would dream of aeroplanes twirling in the clouds rather than a ballerina...

ROSINA FERRARIO

We’d like to dedicate today’s article to all those women who’ve ever been told: ‘Forget about it, that’s boy stuff’ Rosina Ferrario was born in 1888 into a wealthy family in Milan. Those were the years of the Industrial Revolution and the Italian National Exhibition, where...

HÉLÈNE DUTRIEU

Pioneering women. Skilled women. Fearless women. Strong women. Or, more simply, women. Hélène Dutrieu was all this and much more. In this column dedicated to some of the most fascinating stories from the past, we often write about the lives of women who, although they...

AMY JOHNSON

To fully understand how important Amy Johnson’s venture was considering that she was born back in 1903, we need to first think about the historical context. For the United Kingdom, the year 1918 represents the year of women’s suffrage, which was granted only to...

MARGOT DUHALDE SOTOMAYOR

“Women have always had to fight twice as much. They’ve always had to carry two loads, one of which is private and the other public. Women are the back bone of society.” Rita Levi-Montalcini. Female aviators from the past are a recurring theme in our...

AMALIA ERCOLI-FINZI, “MOTHER” OF THE ROSETTA SPACE PROBE

Writing about Amalia Ercoli-Finzi on our blog is a huge honour. As an airline company, we look up to her brilliance in the field in which we operate. As human beings, we are grateful for her contribution to progress and innovation. As women, we...

MARY CHANCE VANSCYOC

When we talk about women who have represented milestones in aviation history, we typically imagine very different contexts to that of today’s society. By that logic, we might think that when in 1938 the very young Mary Chance VanScyoc won the Women's State Rifle Championship...

AMELIA EARHART

If behind every great man there’s always a great woman, then behind a great woman there’s often another great woman. Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and then later the Pacific, bought her first biplane thanks to her...

BESSIE COLEMAN

If during the 1920s becoming a pilot was quite an undertaking for any woman, imagine what would have been like for an African-American woman. Bessie Coleman was born in 1892 in one of the worst places for a woman like her to pursue her ambitions:...

MARILYN AND THE AEROPLANES

How much do we really know about Marilyn Monroe? Who was Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker? How many of us know that her modelling and acting career related to aeroplanes? Platinum blonde hair. Angelic features. A profile able to turn the heads of sportsmen, intellectuals...