Born 18 March 1930
Also known as: née Lee
First woman President of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia (1979−1984).
First woman elected president of the Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia (1990−1997).
Also known as: Allana Corbin
In 1997 Allana Arnot became the first woman to circumnavigate Australia solo in a helicopter. She accomplished this after teaching herself how to walk and fly again following a plane…
Born 20 November 1897, Died 24 February 1994
Also known as: Lores
1931 Longest one day flight by an airwoman (Brisbane — Wangaratta) — 1600 km.
1932 First woman to circumnavigate Australia by air — 12 800 km.
1933 First woman to fly from…
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1986 — First woman to be elected to the committee of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
1999 — With Ruth Wilson was first all female crew to compete in Gordon Bennett Cup…
Born 8 January 1878, Died 3 November 1927
Also known as: née Harvey
On March 28, 1927, Millicent Bryant became the first Australian woman in to obtain a pilot’s licence. She drowned eight months later in a Sydney ferry accident.
Born 7 August 1934
1963 — Won Australian Women Pilots’ Association (A.W.P.A.) Annual Reliability Trial and the Nancy Bird Trophy.
1 January 1970 — Awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire…
Also known as: née Vincent
Rosemary was a good friend of Robin Miller and often helped her with her vaccine flights. She was the state president of the Australian Women Pilots Association and then went on to be…
Carol is a captain for Qantas Link based in Melbourne. She has won many Australian Women Pilots Association trophies. One of her most satisfying jobs has been flying for the Air…
Mitzi Farr was born in 1908, the same year the Wright brothers made a record flight. She had strong opposition from her family but gained her license on a Gypsy Moth in 1931. In…
Born 20 December 1920, Died 16 July 2005
Also known as: née Gepp, Mardi
During World War II Mardi joined the Air Transport Auxiliary delivering different types of aircraft. She and Victoria CHOLMONDELEY were the only two Australian women ferry pilots in…
Born 20 April 1963
Also known as: née Henderson, Bonnie Palmer
Bonnie was the Australian National Aerobatic Champion for two consecutive years, 1994 – 95.
1997 — Wrote the book Her Father’s Daughter.
Daughter of Sara HENDERSON of Bullo…
In 1978 Aminta Hennessy became the first Australian woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in a single-engine aircraft. She is also the first woman to complete solo back-to-back…
Born 24 September 1922, Died 27 August 2014
Dorothy Herbert started with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1961, located at Charleville, Queensland. She worked 20 years for them, flew all over the outback, and attended outback…
Born 11 June 1939
First woman to lead a drug squad in Australia — Aerial Drug Spotting and Search and Rescue Operations.
Operates own charter company on north west coast of Tasmania which is…
Also known as: née Hyatt
1930 — First Tasmanian woman to become a pilot.
First woman to fly from Goulburn to Mascot and return.
Born in 1908, as a teenager, Frances Hyatt lived with her family at…
Also known as: Sister Anne Maree Jensen, the flying nun
Sister Anne Maree Jensen is a Catholic Sister who has been based at Longreach in Queensland for the last ten years. She learnt to fly in order to reach people throughout her vast…
Dale made her first flight in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and went on to fly with other pioneering women, both barnstormers and commercial pilots. She helped co-ordinate the…
Born 6/4/1909, Died 23/12/1998
Also known as: née McKillop, Peg, Peggy
Peggy flew barnstorming flights in New South Wales in 1935. In one day’s work she achieved 29 take offs. This Aussie pilot claimed but one record: “The first and only…
Also known as: Nan
An aviatrix on the museum’s Aviatrix Tapestry.
Also known as: Jo
First lieutenant Joanne Mein is the first woman member of the Roulettes in the 30-year history of the Royal Australian Air Force’s formation aerobatics team.
Born 8 December 1940, Died 7 December 1975
Also known as: née Miller, The Sugarbird Lady
Robin was a nurse and a pilot. From 1967 – 69 she flew to many remote Aboriginal communities administering the Sabin polio vaccine on sugar cubes. The children called her “the…
1987 — Made Examiner of Airmen — the highest aviation appointment given to a woman.
Chief pilot of Western Australia.
Born 25/01/1927, Died 14/4/2020
Also known as: née Havard
A foundation member of the Australian Women Pilots Association Senja learned to fly in a Tiger Moth in 1949. She has taught hundreds of students to fly and ferried many aircraft to…
Cathy has flown tour groups around Australia. She has endorsements in aerobatics, formation flying, and float planes.
1987 — Won the Lady Casey Scholarship.
1979 — Her first…
Born 11/1928, Died 04/2016
Also known as: née Graham, Pat
Pat was the first female to hold a commercial pilot’s license in Papua, New Guinea, 1952. Her license had lapsed when in her seventies she decided to renew it. Her first solo…
Born 16/10/1915, Died 13/1/2009
Also known as: Nancy Bird, Nancy Bird Walton, Nancy Bird-Walton
Nancy-Bird was a pioneering Aviatrix who in 1932, at the age of 17, was the youngest female Australian to gain a pilot’s license. Two years later she became the first female…
Ellen was a staunch member of the Tasmanian branch executive of the Australian Women Pilots Association, and celebrated her 70th birthday in 1994 by flying a 172 on Saturday and the…
Also known as: née Lunn, Brownie, Browny
In 1934 Brownie was the first Australian woman pilot to go night flying. There were no marked runways with lights, just kerosene flares made out of tin cans full of burning rags. In…
Beryl became famous when she was the chief pilot who flew Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson all over the state.