When the Wright brothers took to the air on December 17, 1903, it is quite possible that women around the world thought it was a great idea and took to the air too. On July 8, 1908, Thérèse Peltier is believed to have become the first woman to pilot a plane.
In Christchurch there has been a long tradition of women aviators and several of these women are members of the New Zealand Association of Women in Aviation (NZAWA). Many members are recreational pilots, some fly competitively, whilst others have made a career out of flying commercially or with the Air Force.
I love flying, so it is a good thing I work at the Shirley Community Library. During the first three weeks of September our local members of the NZAWA will have a static display in the library. Come on down and check it out. You don’t have to be a pilot; you just have to love flying.
If you have been bitten by the flying bug, here are my suggestions:
- Read about women air pilots
- Read about aviation and its history
- Find groups and organisations which teach or celebrate flying
Check out more photos of the display in our Flickr photostream.