In Honor of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, FlyGirls Celebrates Women Pilots Around The World!

by Jess Clackum

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW) is a global outreach initiative that takes place annually during the week of March 8, anniversary date of the world’s first female pilot license since 1910 and International Women’s Day since 1914. The week is designed to raise awareness of aviation opportunities available to girls of all ages while celebrating the accomplishments of past and present women of aviation. http://www.womenofaviationweek.org/about/women-of-aviation-week/

On Wednesday, March 9th, in honor of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, the FlyGirls team pays tribute to 24 courageous and inspiring women aviators in 24 hours. These women from all around the world have shattered the glass ceiling, broken barriers and challenged the status quo. Their courage and determination inspires us all. We are proud to honor their accomplishments!

Please join us in sharing on social media, the achievements of these courageous, inspiring women by sharing our facebook post and our tweets & instagrams (@FlyGirlsSeries) with the hashtags #FlyGirlsWCW24 & #WOAW16!

Niloofar Rahmani (Afghanistan). First woman pilot in the Afghan Air Force since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. First female fixed-wing Air Force aviator in Afghanistan’s history.  (Photo credit: NDTV.com)

Niloofar Rahmani (Afghanistan). First woman pilot in the Afghan Air Force since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. First female fixed-wing Air Force aviator in Afghanistan’s history.  (Photo credit: NDTV.com)

Karina Miranda (Chile). First Chilean woman pilot to break the sound barrier.  (Photo credit: m.radiopolar.com)

Karina Miranda (Chile). First Chilean woman pilot to break the sound barrier.  (Photo credit: m.radiopolar.com)

Yu Xu, Tao Jiali, Sheng Yifei and He Xiaoli (China). First female military pilots to join the Aerobatics Team of the People's Liberation Army of China.  (Photo credit: Chinanews.com)

Yu Xu, Tao Jiali, Sheng Yifei and He Xiaoli (China). First female military pilots to join the Aerobatics Team of the People's Liberation Army of China.  (Photo credit: Chinanews.com)

Line Bonde (Denmark). First Danish female F-16 pilot. (Photo credit: F-16.net)

Line Bonde (Denmark). First Danish female F-16 pilot. (Photo credit: F-16.net)

Amsale Gualu (Ethiopia). First female captain in the history of Ethiopian Airlines.   (Photo credit: Ethiopian Airlines facebook)

Amsale Gualu (Ethiopia). First female captain in the history of Ethiopian Airlines.   (Photo credit: Ethiopian Airlines facebook)

Ulrike Flender (Germany). First female fighter pilot in the German Air Force, first German female tornado pilot, first European woman to graduate from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ulrike Flender (Germany). First female fighter pilot in the German Air Force, first German female tornado pilot, first European woman to graduate from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Patricia Mawuli (Ghana). First female civilian pilot, first West African woman certified to build & maintain rotax engines. (Photo credit: karlenepettitt.blogspot.com)

Patricia Mawuli (Ghana). First female civilian pilot, first West African woman certified to build & maintain rotax engines. (Photo credit: karlenepettitt.blogspot.com)

Tracey Curtis-Taylor (Great Britain). Former RAF pilot, first woman to fly solo (in open cockpit using basic instruments which are now period pieces) between England and Australia since British ATA pilot Amy Johnson in 1930.  (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

Tracey Curtis-Taylor (Great Britain). Former RAF pilot, first woman to fly solo (in open cockpit using basic instruments which are now period pieces) between England and Australia since British ATA pilot Amy Johnson in 1930.  (Photo credit: independent.co.uk)

Fatemeh Azadeh (Iran). Pilot in command. (Photo credit: theiranproject.com)

Fatemeh Azadeh (Iran). Pilot in command. (Photo credit: theiranproject.com)

Ari Fuji (Japan). First Japanese woman Captain of a commercial airliner.  (Photo credit: wsj.com)

Ari Fuji (Japan). First Japanese woman Captain of a commercial airliner.  (Photo credit: wsj.com)

Alia Twal (Jordan). One of only 20 women pilots in Jordan. (Photo credit: CNN.com)

Alia Twal (Jordan). One of only 20 women pilots in Jordan. (Photo credit: CNN.com)

Irene Koki Mutungi (Kenya). First female black African captain for Kenya Airways.  (Photo credit: mashada.com)

Irene Koki Mutungi (Kenya). First female black African captain for Kenya Airways.  (Photo credit: mashada.com)

Hnin Oo Wai and May Cho Win (Myanmar/Burma). First Burmese women pilots. (Photo credit: Mizzima.com)

Hnin Oo Wai and May Cho Win (Myanmar/Burma). First Burmese women pilots. (Photo credit: Mizzima.com)

Ayesha Farooq (Pakistan). First female operational fighter pilot in the Pakistani Air Force.                 (Photo credit: ndtv.com)

Ayesha Farooq (Pakistan). First female operational fighter pilot in the Pakistani Air Force.                 (Photo credit: ndtv.com)

Lt. Katarzyna Tomiak (Poland). First female Polish Mig-29 Pilot. (Photo credit: portel.pl)

Lt. Katarzyna Tomiak (Poland). First female Polish Mig-29 Pilot. (Photo credit: portel.pl)

Svetlana Kapanina (Russia). World Aerobatic Champion, 40 gold medals.  (Photo credit: Reddit)

Svetlana Kapanina (Russia). World Aerobatic Champion, 40 gold medals.  (Photo credit: Reddit)

Esther Mbabazi (Rwanda). Rwanda’s first female pilot. (Photo credit: Onobello.com)

Esther Mbabazi (Rwanda). Rwanda’s first female pilot. (Photo credit: Onobello.com)

Hanadi Zakriyya Hindi (Saudi Arabia). First woman pilot in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: indianmuslimnews.blogspot.com)

Hanadi Zakriyya Hindi (Saudi Arabia). First woman pilot in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: indianmuslimnews.blogspot.com)

Jane Trembath (South Africa). First woman pilot & Captain in South Africa to command long-range international flights.  (Photo credit: fly88.co.za)

Jane Trembath (South Africa). First woman pilot & Captain in South Africa to command long-range international flights.  (Photo credit: fly88.co.za)

Mariam Al Mansouri (UAE). First UAE female pilot, led first strikes against ISIS.  (Photo credit: thenational.ae)

Mariam Al Mansouri (UAE). First UAE female pilot, led first strikes against ISIS.  (Photo credit: thenational.ae)

Marisol Chalas (USA). First US latina female National Guard Blackhawk helicopter pilot, commander of Reserve Blackhawk fleet. (Photo credit: latino.foxnews.com)

Marisol Chalas (USA). First US latina female National Guard Blackhawk helicopter pilot, commander of Reserve Blackhawk fleet. (Photo credit: latino.foxnews.com)

Maria Eugenia Etcheverry (Uruguay). Fighter pilot & first Uruguayan woman Air Force commander.   (Photo credit: gettyimages.com)

Maria Eugenia Etcheverry (Uruguay). Fighter pilot & first Uruguayan woman Air Force commander.   (Photo credit: gettyimages.com)

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (Vietnam). First female Vietnamese pilot  (Photo credit: Thailand.prd.go.th) 

Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy (Vietnam). First female Vietnamese pilot  (Photo credit: Thailand.prd.go.th

Captains Chipo M. Matimba & Elizabeth Simbi Petros (Zimbabwe). Pilot & Co-pilot of Zimbabwe's all-female flight crew (Photo credit: facebook)

Captains Chipo M. Matimba & Elizabeth Simbi Petros (Zimbabwe). Pilot & Co-pilot of Zimbabwe's all-female flight crew (Photo credit: facebook)