Nancy Love (left) and Betty (Huyler) Gillies, the first women to fly the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The two WAFS were set to ferry a B-17 named Queen Bee to England when their flight was cancelled by General “Hap” Arnold.
“I refused to take no for an answer.” – Bessie Coleman
Happy International Women’s Day – here’s to the many women pioneers of flight and to the aviatrises of today and tomorrow!
Pictured here: (top row, L to R) - Amelia Earhart, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Hazel Ying Lee; (middle row, L to R) - Helene Dutrieu, WASPs Barbara Jane London & Evelyn Sharp, Janet Bragg; (bottom row, L to R) - Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Maggie Gee.