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1st of May 1930

On this day, but then in 1930, (what would be a world-famous) a female pilot received her Commercial Pilots License. Born on the 24th of July in 1897 (Atchison, Kansas, USA) she started her flying lessons on the 3rd of January 1921. Her first instructor was Neta Snook, one of the first women to graduate from the Curtiss School of Aviation. And at that time the only female flying instructor in southern California. She started her flying lessons in a "Canuck" Canadian Curtiss JN4 "Jenny". and later in a Kinner "Airster"


Curtiss JN4 "Jenny" Kinner Airster


Late in 1921, she began to participate in airshows, At that time no pilots license was required.


On the 16th of May 1923, she passed her test to obtain a pilot’s license endorsed by the National Aeronautic Association, the newly-created American arm of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). She was awarded Certificate Number 6017. Over the next years, she would participate in a magnitude of aviation events.

Until, on this date, the 1st of May 1930 the Aeronautics Branch, Department of Commerce, issued Transport Pilot’s License No. 5716 to no one else than Amelia Mary Earhart.

Amelia Earhart’s Transport Pilot’s License. (Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections )

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