Opal Kunz (1894-1967) was an
early female aviator, who encouraged women to take up flying both through
extensive public appearances and by example. She was the first female aviator
to race against men in open competition, winning her very first race in 1930.
She was an organizer of the Betsy Ross Air Corps, a paramilitary service
which supported the Air Army Corps. Before the start of World War II, she
instructed hundreds of young men in flying.