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03/13/2017 04:35 pm ET Updated Mar 13, 2018

58 Fly-As-Hell Photos Of Female Pilots

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On Feb. 26, two pilots made history when they became the first black female pilots to co-pilot a mainline flight.

Delta pilots Dawn Cook and and Stephanie Johnson (who happens to be Delta’s first black female pilot) led the history-making flight from Detroit to Las Vegas.

“I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model,” Johnson told Delta in a February interview. “There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don’t think of it as a career option.”

In honor of their momentous achievement, and the many achievements of groundbreaking female pilots before them, we’ve rounded up 58 powerful photos of women pilots throughout history. 

  • 2017
    Dawn Cook and Stephanie Johnson pose for their history-making flight. 
    Dawn Cook and Stephanie Johnson pose for their history-making flight. 
  • 2016
    First Lt. Kayla Bowers, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, looks out of the cockpit of her airc
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    First Lt. Kayla Bowers, a 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot, looks out of the cockpit of her aircraft during the squadron’s deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, March 18, 2016. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of the United States’ continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability of Europe.
  • 2014
    1st Lt. Meaghan Cosand, C-5B Galaxy pilot with the 312th Airlift Squadron, starts engines in preparation for takeoff from Kad
    Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker/US Air Force
    1st Lt. Meaghan Cosand, C-5B Galaxy pilot with the 312th Airlift Squadron, starts engines in preparation for takeoff from Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 15, 2014. She was flying a mobility channel mission, moving high-priority cargo and passengers among air bases in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility. 
  • 2010
    Betty Wall Strohfus, right, a former pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), sings the national anthem during th
    Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski/US Air Force
    Betty Wall Strohfus, right, a former pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), sings the national anthem during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2010. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress. The WASP program, established during World War II, trained women to fly noncombat military missions. 
  • 2007
    Phetogo Molawa, a 21-year-old air force lieutenant stands next to the big Oryx Air Force transport helicopter at the third Wo
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    Phetogo Molawa, a 21-year-old air force lieutenant stands next to the big Oryx Air Force transport helicopter at the third Women's Conference in Defence in Canturion, South Africa. Molawa is South Africa's first black female pilot August 16, 2007.
  • 2006
    Emilie Denis, the first woman fighter pilot of the French Navy in Toulon, France on January 18, 2006 in front of her future R
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    Emilie Denis, the first woman fighter pilot of the French Navy in Toulon, France on January 18, 2006 in front of her future Rafale. 
  • 2000
    Brigitte Joubert, one of the only women qualified to pilot rescue helicopters over land and sea in Biarritz, France in August
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    Brigitte Joubert, one of the only women qualified to pilot rescue helicopters over land and sea in Biarritz, France in August, 2000. 
  • 2000
    Aysh Gammo, the first Libyan woman airplane pilot gets ready for a flight in March of 2000 in Tripoli, Libya. 
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    Aysh Gammo, the first Libyan woman airplane pilot gets ready for a flight in March of 2000 in Tripoli, Libya. 
  • 1999
    Flight Lieutenant Joanne Mein, flanked by colleagues of the Royal Australian Air Force's elite aerobatics display team, the R
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    Flight Lieutenant Joanne Mein, flanked by colleagues of the Royal Australian Air Force's elite aerobatics display team, the Roulettes, rolls her plane during a formation flight over Gippsland, Australia on July 27, 1999. 
  • 1999
    Lieutenant Caroline Aigle, 1st Woman Fighter Pilot In Tours, France On May 25, 1999. 
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    Lieutenant Caroline Aigle, 1st Woman Fighter Pilot In Tours, France On May 25, 1999. 
  • 1999
    Adine Ossebi, 30, sits in the cockpit of an Air Afrique plane at the Abidjan airport Feb. 15, 1999.
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    Adine Ossebi, 30, sits in the cockpit of an Air Afrique plane at the Abidjan airport Feb. 15, 1999.
  • 1995
    The Royal Air Force's first woman strike-attack combat pilot Jo Salter waves from the cockpit of a Tornado GR1B after landing
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    The Royal Air Force's first woman strike-attack combat pilot Jo Salter waves from the cockpit of a Tornado GR1B after landing at Lossiemouth, Scotland Feb. 1, 1995.
  • 1993
    Barbara Harmer seen through the Concorde window April 16, 1993.
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    Barbara Harmer seen through the Concorde window April 16, 1993.
  • 1977
    Lt. (J.G.) Mary Louise Jorgensen was the first woman tactical jet pilot to be assigned to Miramar Naval Air Station at San Di
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    Lt. (J.G.) Mary Louise Jorgensen was the first woman tactical jet pilot to be assigned to Miramar Naval Air Station at San Diego on Feb. 7, 1977.
  • 1976
    Ann Bostock, 26, the first woman to pilot scheduled services for a British airline, sits in the cockpit of a BAC 111 jet on J
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    Ann Bostock, 26, the first woman to pilot scheduled services for a British airline, sits in the cockpit of a BAC 111 jet on July 7, 1976.
  • 1974
    Sally D. Murphy, 25, shown here at the controls of the UH-1 'huey' helicopter, is recognized in the U.S. Army as its first wo
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    Sally D. Murphy, 25, shown here at the controls of the UH-1 'huey' helicopter, is recognized in the U.S. Army as its first woman aviator and also its first military helicopter pilot on August 9, 1974.
  • 1973
    In a Pentagon ceremony, Lieutenant Judith Ann Neuffer of Wooster, Ohio was presented with flight training orders by Navy Secr
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    In a Pentagon ceremony, Lieutenant Judith Ann Neuffer of Wooster, Ohio was presented with flight training orders by Navy Secretary John Warner, making her the first military aviatrix in American history on Jan. 10, 1973.
  • 1963
    Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown in space on June 1, 1963.
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    Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to have flown in space on June 1, 1963.
  • 1962
    Undated picture taken in the 60' s of American female aviator Jacqueline Cochran. Jacqueline Cochran learned to fly at age 22
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    Undated picture taken in the 60' s of American female aviator Jacqueline Cochran. Jacqueline Cochran learned to fly at age 22, and it became a lifetime passion circa 1962.
  • 1944
    First Officer Maureen Dunlop  of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary), in the cockpit of a Fairey Barracuda torpedo bomber,
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    First Officer Maureen Dunlop  of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary), in the cockpit of a Fairey Barracuda torpedo bomber, September 1944. 
  • 1942
    Alice Rhonie, one of the first WAFs to arrive at their East Coast Air Base on Sep. 23, 1942.
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    Alice Rhonie, one of the first WAFs to arrive at their East Coast Air Base on Sep. 23, 1942.
  • 1942
    The new WAFS, dressed in flying suits and helmets, line up in front of the their flight training on Sep. 23, 1942.
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    The new WAFS, dressed in flying suits and helmets, line up in front of the their flight training on Sep. 23, 1942.
  • 1941
    Valentina Grizodubova was among the first of thousands of Moscow women who volunteered as soon as Moscow was threatened on Oc
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    Valentina Grizodubova was among the first of thousands of Moscow women who volunteered as soon as Moscow was threatened on Oct. 26, 1941.
  • 1940
    Pauline Gower, one of the pool of women pilots who ferrried new aircraft from the factory to the aerodrome on Jan. 10, 1940.
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    Pauline Gower, one of the pool of women pilots who ferrried new aircraft from the factory to the aerodrome on Jan. 10, 1940.
  • 1939
    World War II, Russian front, airwomen circa 1939.
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    World War II, Russian front, airwomen circa 1939.
  • 1938
    Elisabeth Lion, French aviator, in May 1938. 
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    Elisabeth Lion, French aviator, in May 1938. 
  • 1936
    Pilot Beryl Markham, posing for photographer at Abingdon Aerodrome, Berkshire, prior to take off for her solo flight across t
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    Pilot Beryl Markham, posing for photographer at Abingdon Aerodrome, Berkshire, prior to take off for her solo flight across the Atlantic on Sep. 11, 1936.
  • 1935
    Miss Helen Rickey, first woman to be employed as pilot of an airline on Nov. 7, 1935.
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    Miss Helen Rickey, first woman to be employed as pilot of an airline on Nov. 7, 1935.
  • Circa 1935
    American actress and amateur pilot Madge Evans with an aircraft, circa 1935.
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    American actress and amateur pilot Madge Evans with an aircraft, circa 1935.
  • Circa 1935
    Maryse Hilsz, French aviator circa 1935. 
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    Maryse Hilsz, French aviator circa 1935. 

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