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First all-female crew?

Old 22nd Feb 2017, 23:14
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
Lennie Sorenson makes some claims, don't know the veracity as to "first".


Emily Howell Warner was the first in the USA to make airline Captaincy in 1976 (Twin Otter with Frontier)
Mention of the 747....

I've always believed that the first ladies only flight on a 747 was a People Express flight from EWR to LGW in the early 80s....Or was that just that airline's first ladies only flight ??
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Old 23rd Feb 2017, 13:21
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Hussar, I think Lynn Ripplemeyer was the captain - I have seen an interview with her some years ago and I'm sure she mentioned an all lady crew trans-Atlantic.
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Old 14th Feb 2021, 12:40
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Originally Posted by Mooncrest View Post
Apologies if I'm mistaken about the following. In the UK, the first all female-crewed commercial flight was on a BIA Herald some time in the 1970s. Captain Caroline Frost at the helm.
It was on a British Air Ferries flight. Our inaugural from Southend to Dusseldorf. I organised it, I asked Caroline to fly it for us, more like we plotted to do it behind everyone's back for nearly 2 years. I was the BAF Director of PR & Marketing ... they rest of the board thought we would be out of business a week later. They were wrong.
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Old 15th Feb 2021, 02:11
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Google: 'Joan Hughes pilot' for a selection of photographs including the one of her standing next to the mainwheel of a Stirling.

One of my all time favourite photos:

When Doug Bianchi built the aircraft for "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines", the Demoiselle was found to be somewhat underpowered, so the the solution was to get Joan Hughes (5' 2") to fly it!
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