Hanna Reitsch (1912-1979) at a flight competition in 1936, and then in March 1941 being awarded an Iron Cross 2d Class by Hitler. Reitsch was later awarded the Iron Cross 1st class and was the only woman to receive the award.
Reitsch was slated to be honored at the Women of Aviation Worldwide conference in Canada in March 2017 for her significant skills as a pilot, and as the first woman to fly a helicopter, a jet and a rocket, among other accomplishments. The aviation organization viewed her military service with the Luftwaffe as irrelevant, but some complained and the town hosting the conference threatened to cancel it if Reitsch was to be honored. The organization buckled to pressure and did not honor her.
So here’s to you, Hanna Reitsch, an honorable person and a highly skilled pilot.