About 6% of the world's professional pilots are women.
Surprisingly India is the country leading the way where
slightly over 14% of the pilots are female. Among helicopter
pilots the number is just 4%, but in all categories, the number
of women in aviation is rising.
In 1938 Hannah Reitsch became the first of her gender to fly
a helicopter. Ms. Reitsch was a German civilian test pilot
who flew the first controllable helicopter, the Focke-Achellis
61. She also flew the Messerschmidt 163 making her the first
rocket powered woman aviator as well.
Hannah Reitsch lived in an evil culture during...