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Minimum donation $25. Support our endowment and education programs and receive this unique tote bag for free. Want to purchase extra bags as gifts? The 2019 Pioneer Tote is available for an extra $15 per bag once you have made your initial donation. (Totes mailed to single address.)

Your $25 (minimum) donation to WAI nets you the #IamWAI backpack, but also helps fund these important WAI programs:

Challenge the rules like LORNA
With more than 10,000 hours of flying time, half of which were through flight instruction, Lorna de Blicquy was an accomplished pilot and the first female civil aviation flight test inspector. Because of Lorna's service on a Canadian committee on pregnancy related to pilots' medical standards, some leniency on the loss of a Category I medical classification during pregnancy was granted to working female pilots.

Preserve history like MARTY
Mary Anna "Marty" Martin Wyall flew the AT-6, BT-13, and PT-17 as a WASP. She was instrumental in the preservation of WASP history, and for 45 years, she personally maintained the WASP history in scrapbooks in her home. Marty served as the unofficial WASP historian until the WASP documents and artifacts were made part of the Special Collections Department of Texas Woman's University in 1992.

Step forward like HAZEL
Hazel Ying Lee took her first flight in 1932, at the age of 19, becoming one of the first Chinese American women to earn a pilot's certificate. Following the Japanese attack on China, Hazel volunteered to serve in the Chinese air force. Rejected because she was a woman, she returned to the United States in 1938. Hazel joined the WASP in 1943, flying the P-63, P-51, and P-39. She was killed in a P-63 accident on November 25, 1944. Hazel was the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military and the first Chinese American woman to die in service to her country.

Serve your country like VIVIEN
Vice Adm. Vivien Crea's military career consisted of the following firsts: first female aircraft commander in the U.S. Coast Guard; first female military aide to the president; first female to command a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station; first female executive assistant to the commandant of the Coast Guard; first female selected as rear admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard; first female appointed as vice admiral, and first female of any military service to be appointed second in command of the military force. In addition, she is the first female to be awarded the Coast Guard's Ancient Albatross honoring the Coast Guard aviator on active duty who has held that designation for the longest time.

Turn a wrench like MARY
Mary Felk was the first female engineer in research and development for the Air Technical Service Command. She flew more than 5,000 hours as a B-29 flight engineer, engineering observer, and pilot in fighter, attack, bomber, cargo, and training aircraft. Mary was a professional restorer of antique and classic aircraft and worked at the National Air and Space Museum's Paul E. Garber Restoration Facility.

Command like EILEEN
Eileen Collins was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1990, and later became the first female pilot and commander of a space shuttle. She graduated in 1979 from Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and was a T-38 instructor pilot until 1982. Throughout her military career, she flew more than 30 types of aircraft, taught mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy, and provided flight training. She retired from military service in 2006.

Perform like JULIE
Julie Clark was the first female pilot hired by Golden West Airlines in 1976, and the following year she was hired by Hughes Airwest, and became one of the first women to fly for a major airline. In addition to her pioneering airline career, Julie has also performed in air shows in a 50-year-old military trainer that she restored herself. She has been voted "Performer of the Year" several times, and retired from the air show circuit in 2019.

Set records like RUTH
Ruth Nichols holds more than 35 women's aviation records. In 1924 she was the first woman certificated to fly a hydroplane, and in 1927 she was one of the first two women certificated to fly transport planes. She set a transcontinental speed record in 1930, beating Charles Lindbergh's record set earlier that year. She was the only woman to simultaneously hold the women's world speed, altitude, and distance records for heavy landplanes. At the commencement of World War II, Ruth saw the need for mercy flying and founded Relief Wings, a humanitarian service to provide relief flights for both natural disasters and wartime support.

Explore like ALICE
Alice du Pont Mills received her pilot certificate in 1929 at the age of 18. The following year, she received her instrument rating, and logged numerous hours shuttling her father between Cape Cod and Wilmington. In 1934, she and her brother Richard flew their Waco outfitted with pontoons, to South America and 60 miles up the Amazon River, and as far south as Rio de Janeiro logging more than 1,000 hours in their Waco. During WWII, Alice taught instrument flying to Navy airmen, and also to female ferry pilots at Newcastle, Delaware.

Be the first like JERRIE
In 1962, Geraldine â"Jerrie" Mock modified her 1953 Cessna 180, The Spirit of Columbus, with a new engine and avionics, and became the first woman to fly from the United States to Africa via the North Atlantic, the first to fly the Pacific in a single-engine aircraft, and the first to fly both major oceans solo. She received the FAA's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service in 1964, and was the first woman and first American to be awarded the Louis Blériot medal in 1965.

Change policy like TRISH
Trish Beckman is the first woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F-15E program and the first American woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F.A-18D. As a naval flight officer, she flew in 67 types of aircraft. She helped influence the United States Senate to repeal combat exclusion laws and change executive branch policy, allowing women to fly aircraft engaged in combat missions. She is a founding board member of WAI.

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Blaze a Trail like ROSELLA
In April 1973, Rosella Bjornson was the first woman in North America to be hired as a first officer for a scheduled airline, Transair, Canada's fourth largest airline. Not only was she the first woman to be hired by a commercial airline in Canada, but also she was the first female member of the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association. Because of her own pregnancies, she became instrumental in changing existing regulations to allow a pregnant pilot to fly. Rosella was also the first woman promoted to captain with a major Canadian air carrier.

Overcome your challenges like MARION
Marion P. Jayne is recognized for world records, pioneering achievements, entrepreneurial innovations, and encouragement of women to be successful in the field of aviation. She is the only U.S. pilot to have raced her airplane in two competitions around the world. She faced many challenges in her lifetime and few realize that she had been a critically ill youngster, a child bride, homeless after a fire, young widow, and single mother.

Strive to wear out, not rust out like FRAN
Fran Bera was one of the first women to be designated as an FAA pilot examiner, which was her career for more than 25 years, certifying more than 3,000 pilots. She was also the first woman to fly a helicopter with no tail rotor and was one of the 25 women invited to participate in a testing program for potential female astronauts. Fran's goal, which she achieved, was to be a member of the Flying Octogenarian Club because she wanted "to wear out, not rust out."

Be the 'girl who beat the guys' like LOUISE
Louise Thaden soloed in 1928 and soon brought the world's altitude record for women to the U.S. for the first time. In 1929, she set a solo flight endurance record for women of over 22 hours and a women's speed record of 156 miles per hour in a Wright J-5 powered Travel Air. She won the first Women's Air Derby as part of the 1929 National Air Races from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio. Louise became known as the "girl who beat the guys" by winning the Bendix Transcontinental Air Race in 1936, establishing a new transcontinental speed record for women in the process