Ferry Pilot Was No Shrinking Violet -- Elinor Florence
Violet Milstead of Toronto was a ferry pilot, one of the few Canadian women who served with the Air Transport Auxiliary in Britain during World War Two.
Manitoba's 1st female Indigenous medevac team
They're named after birds, so maybe it's no surprise that Raven Beardy and Robyn Shlachetka fly for a living, but they've reached heights neither expected. The two women pilots made Manitoba history this week when they became the province's first female Indigenous medevac team.
Lorna deBlicquy (Inducted in Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 2014):"From an early age, Lorne deBlicquy dedicated her life to aviation as a private pilot, barnstormer, bush pilot, charger pilot and aviation instructor. Flying with wheels, skis and floats, she distinguished herself as an instructor, and her accomplishments contributed to the advancement of equality for women in her chosen field."
Vi Milstead-Warren (Inducted in Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame 2010):"During the Second World War she served with the Air Transport Auxiliary in Great Britain, flying 47 different types of aircraft, including trainers, fighters and bombers from factories to airfields as the longest serving Canadian woman pilot with the ATA. Post-war, she flew as a flying instructor and as one of Canada's first female bush pilots, a role model for women seeking careers in aviation."
RCAF Women's Division
Members of the Women’s Division (WD) of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) were wartime pioneers. Thousands of young Canadian women volunteered to serve at home and abroad during the Second World War as part of the air force.