The 1980s Photo Gallery

Lynn Rippelmeyer

Lynn Rippelmeyer.  In 1980, Captain Rippelmeyer became the first woman to fly a Boeing 747.  She was also the first woman to captain the “Jumbo Jet” across the Atlantic Ocean in 1984.

“Seaboard & Western/Seaboard World Airlines.” Seaboard World/Seaboard & Western Airlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2014. 


Beverly Burns

Beverly Burns. Captain Burns was the first woman to pilot the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, flying from Newark to Los Angeles in 1984.  She received the Earhart Award in 1985.

“Environmental News, Green Living, Social Responsibility & Sustainability Information and Multimedia.” Environmental News and Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.

Janet Bragg

Janet Bragg – Smithsonian video excerpt – This link will open a PowerPoint document with embedded video excerpted from YouTube.  Download may take several minutes.

Janet Bragg (1907-1993).  In 1989, the historic Smithsonian Museum recognized Ms. Janet Harmon Bragg’s achievement as the first African American female aviator to receive a commercial pilot’s license.

Smithsonian Institution Archives. “Janet Harmon Bragg: Pioneering African American Aviator.” 2011. 1 May. 2014.



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