1894 and early

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.