women in aviation and space history

Turi Wideroe

America By Air (102)

In 1961, Turi Wideroe became the first female commercial airline pilot for a major airline outside the Soviet Union (there are unconfirmed reports of a women pilot for Aeroflot in the 1950s). Wideroe flew for Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). Although American Helen Richey was briefly hired by Central Airlines in 1934 and flew the first commercial flight by a woman, she was never given permanent status as a regularly scheduled pilot.

(information compiled by D. Cochrane and P. Ramirez)