It was only as recent as 1909 that Baroness Raymonde De Laroche became the first female pilot to fly solo.
However, it would take another 25 years before the first female co-pilot of a commercial aircraft was able to break into this male dominated industry. Emily Howell Warner then had to persevere for another 42 years before finally becoming the first female captain of a commercial aircraft in 1976.
Since this break through the number of female pilots is slowly increasing with approximately 7,500 female pilots operating worldwide.
With organisation such as the British Women Pilots Association (BWPA) and the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP) becoming more popular and established the support and opportunities available to encourage women into this industry is ever growing.
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