This Day in Women's Aviation

Today is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 AM

1984 - The China Civil Aviation Flight College announced its first recruitment of women trainees in China's civil aviation history. The director of the school's recruitment department stated, "Since the four women pilots will be image representatives of China's civil aviation industry, our requirements will be strict, even stricter than those for male pilots." Candidates must be between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall; and weigh at least 100 pounds. The lucky recruits would undergo 4 years of flight school training. When assigned to civil flights after graduation, their yearly salary would reach $12,092--on par with their male counterparts. The People's Republic had trained 343 women pilots since its foundation in 1949, all for military aircraft.