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9 Kickass Female Pilots That Might Surprise You

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Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood are usually the names that spring to mind when you think about actors who possess pilot licenses. However, they are far from being the only A-list thespians that have broken not just into Hollywood, but into the skies as well. This article lists 9 of the most influential female pilots that ever lived.


Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundche. Photo Courteys of Mark Edwards

Brazilian model and Victoria’s Secret Angel Gisele Bundchen learned to fly a Robinson R44 helicopter while she was pregnant with her and Tom Brady’s child. She was able to get her license in 2009. Bundchen is an advocate of sustainable flying via the use of alternative fuel, and worked with the UN’s Environmental Programme to campaign the initiative.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman has been a popular figure on British TV for over 30 years. Her career began in 1982 when she joined a game show called Countdown and appeared on the show with Des O'Connor and Des Lynam. She took some personal time off from the screen to do what she has always dreamed off: take off, fly solo, and be one with the skies. Vorderman earned her license back in 2013, and in November 2014, she became an Ambassador to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. She was given an honorary title of Captain and is the first female ambassador in the RAF Air Cadets' history.

Carol Vorderman. Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mirror

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie established her reputation of being a female action star when she played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. The video game series that spawned a multi-million dollar empire went beyond video games, breaching new heights regarding merchandise and even its own Tomb Raider slot title launched on Spin Genie. The role put her on the map in terms of being an action hero on and off screen, giving her the strength to do most of her own stunts in the film series. Getting her pilot’s license proves just how fearless Jolie is in real life. She currently flies a Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

Angelina Jolie. Photo courtesy of Rebrn

Hilary Swank

Hillary Swank. Photo Courtesy of Beyazperde

Hilary Swank played Amelia Earhart, the pilot who vanished as she attempted to fly solo around the world, in the biopic Amelia. The role required her to learn how to fly, and it seems she was a natural. However, she was unable to get her license while filming because her insurance company wouldn’t allow her to because of the contract she was working under, according to a post on Fox News.

While no reports have since been released on whether she was able to complete the requirements that would grant her a license, it’s only a matter of time before Swank becomes a fully fledged pilot, hence why we have included her in this list.

Now, let's step back into history and check out some fascinating women who became instant celebrities because of their feats in the Aeronautics industry.

Phoebe Omlie

Omile was the first ever woman to earn a transport license back in 1927. She won the Dixie Derbie Air Race in 1930, as well as the National Air Races in Cleveland the following year. She was also the first woman to be admitted into the aforementioned races. Omile went to Washington DC as a private flying specialist for the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) to help the U.S. prepare for World War II. She chose flying schools that served as training centers for military flyers and convinced the CAA to hire women as flight instructors. Her proposal was accepted by the Tennessee Bureau of Aeronautics, forever changing the future of America's aeronautics.

Fay Gillis Wells

Wells was a popular journalist, broadcaster, and an American pioneer aviator. Back in 1929, she established the Ninety-Nines, the international organization for licensed female pilots. She used her skills as a broadcast journalist and corresponded from the Soviet Union in the '30s, as well as pioneered overseas radio broadcasting with her husband, Linton Wells.

In the same year, she and her husband performed sensitive government missions in Africa and carried on their mission for many more years. She also promoted world friendship through flying.

Elinor Smith

Elinor Smith. Photo Courtesy of Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

Smith was the youngest pilot to have ever received a Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) license and was signed by Orville Wright. At the age of 16, she became the first and only female pilot to have maneuvered a plane under all four of NYC's bridges, which resulted in a 10-day grounding by the mayor of New York. In 1929, she participated in an endurance flying competition that lasted for 42 hours. Before she even hit 20, she was voted the best female pilot in the U.S.

Bobbi Trout

Bobbi Trout. Photo Courtesy of the LA Times

Trout earned her license to fly solo in 1928. One of her most popular feats was regaining the women's endurance record from Elinor Smith, and also gaining recognition as the first woman to fly an aircraft throughout the night. Trout was the first woman to cover thousands of miles using a 60-horsepower engine. In 1966, she received the Howards Hughes Memorial Award from the Aero Club of Southern California.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Lindbergh was the first ever female American pilot to earn a glider's license. She used that license, as well as learning how to read Morse code, in order to help her husband pioneer routes for the airline industry. In 1933, she accompanied her husband on a 5-month 30,000-mile survey for the Transcontinental Air Transport surveying Greenland, Russia, Iceland, England, Spain, Brazil, and Africa.

Lindbergh received several honors and awards throughout her life in recognition to her contributions to the aviation industry. In 1933, she received the U.S. Flag Association Cross of Honor for taking part in surveying transatlantic air routes. She also received the Hubbard Medal by the National Geographic Society for completing 40,000-miles of explorations while in the air.

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Tempted To Dial Your Ex: 5 Ways To Know Whether Or Not You Should Contact An Old Flame

Thinking of ringing up your ex during these uncertain times? Maybe you want an excuse to contact your ex, or maybe you genuinely feel the need to connect with someone on an emotional level. As a matchmaker and relationship expert, I was surprised at the start of the coronavirus quarantine when friends were telling me that they were contacting their exes! But as social distancing has grown to be more than a short-term situation, we must avoid seeking short-term solutions—and resist the urge to dial an ex.

It stands to reason that you would contact an ex for support. After all, who knows you and your fears better than an ex? This all translates into someone who you think can provide comfort and support. As a matchmaker, I already know that people can spark and ignite relationships virtually that can lead to offline love, but lonely singles didn't necessarily believe this or understand this initially, which drives them straight back to a familiar ex. You only need to tune into Love Is Blind to test this theory or look to Dina Lohan and her virtual boyfriend.

At the start of lockdown, singles were already feeling lonely. There were studies that said as much as 3 out of 4 people were lonely, and that was before lockdown. Singles were worried that dating someone was going to be off limits for a very long time. Now when you factor in a widespread pandemic and the psychological impact that hits when you have to be in isolation and can't see anyone but your takeout delivery person, we end up understanding this urge to contact an ex.

So, what should you do if you are tempted to ring up an old flame? How do you know if it's the wrong thing or the right thing to do in a time like this? Check out a few of my points before deciding on picking up that phone to text, much less call an ex.

Before You Dial The Ex...

First, you need to phone a friend! It's the person that got you through this breakup to begin with. Let them remind you of the good, the bad and the ugly before taking this first step and risk getting sucked back in.

What was the reason for your breakup? As I mentioned before, you could get sucked back in… but that might not be a bad thing. It depends; when you phoned that friend to remind you, did she remind you of good or bad things during the breakup? It's possible that you both just had to take jobs in different cities, and the breakup wasn't due to a problem in the relationship. Have these problems resolved if there were issues?

You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you.

Depending on the reason for the breakup, set your boundaries for how much contact beforehand. If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

If you know you shouldn't be contacting this ex but feel lonely, set up a support system ahead of time. Set up activities or things to fall back on to resist the urge. Maybe you phone a different friend, join a virtual happy hour for singles, or binge watch Netflix. Anything else is acceptable, but don't phone that ex.

Write down your reasons for wanting to contact the ex. Ask yourself if this is worth the pain. Are you flea-bagging again, or is there a friendship to be had, which will provide you with genuine comfort? If it's the latter, it's okay to go there. If it's an excuse to go back together and make contact, don't.

Decide how far you are willing to take the relationship this time, without it being a rinse and repeat. If you broke up for reasons beyond your control, it's okay. If your ex was a serial cheater, phone a friend instead.

If there was abuse or toxic behaviors in the relationship, don't even go there. You can't afford to repeat this relationship again.

As life returns to a more normal state and you adjust to the new normal, we will slowly begin to notice more balance in our lives. You want to come from a good place of reflection and not let bad habits make the choice for you. Some do's and don'ts for this time would be:

  • Do: exercise ⁠— taking care of you is important during this time. It's self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: shower, brush your teeth, and get out of your sweats.
  • Don't: be a couch potato.
  • Don't: drink or eat excessively during this time. Again, remember to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Do: think positive thoughts everyday and write down the 3 things you are grateful for. Look at the impact of John Krasinksi's SGN. It's uplifting and when you feel good, you won't want to slide backwards.
  • Don't: contact a toxic ex. It's a backward move in a moment of uncertainty that could have a long term impact. Why continue flea bagging yourself?