This Day in Women's Aviation

Today is Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:02 PM

1958 - Dorothy Wetherald Rungeling, 46, became the first woman in Canada to earn an Airline Transport License. Later that year, she would become the first Canadian woman to solo in a Bell G2 Helicopter--after just 4 1/2 hours of instruction. Three days before her 92nd birthday, she would receive the Order of Canada with the citation reading: “Once billed as ‘Canada's Flying Housewife,’ she dared to challenge convention and secured a place in aviation history.”

1999 - The "Sydney Morning Herald" published an article by Rhonda Tulk about Australian pioneer aviatrix Peggy McKillop Kelman. "How did one fly from England to Australia in 1936? If you were Peggy Kelman, who has died at Buderim in Queensland at the age of 89, you did it with your new husband in a light aircraft with no radio and no weather forecasts. And how did you navigate? Kelman said, 'We used a school atlas and followed the pink bits until we got to Australia.'"

2006 - Eveline Borges, 34, became the first female pilot in Latin America to fly a Boeing 767-300F as flight captain on an international flight. She completed her first cargo flight as master chief pilot on the route from Campinas, Brazil to Miami.

2009 - Mass High Tech named Terrafugia COO Anna Mracek Dietrich as a "Woman to Watch." She was among 10 women honored with a 6th Annual “Women to Watch” award that recognized the achievements of 10 top women executives from New England technology companies. Private pilot Anna Mracek Dietrich co-founded Terrafugia Inc. in Woburn, Massachusetts to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing personal aviation. The result was the Transition® Roadable Aircraft which would fly its inaugural flight 6 weeks later.