Flying With America’s Most Famous Female Aviators

Dozens of talented women preceded Amelia Earhart, and thousands have followed, and each has her own groundbreaking story to tell

(Library of Congress)

Mary Riddle ( c. 1912- )

Mary Riddle
(The 99er)

In 1930 Riddle became the first Native American woman to earn a pilot’s license; she also earned her commercial license soon after. With a group of women pilots from Seattle, she barnstormed across the country and made 40 exhibition parachute jumps. A member of the Clatsop and Quinault tribes, Riddle appeared in traditional native attire on the June 1934 cover of The 99er, a publication of the Ninety-Nines organization and the first magazine published for and by women fliers.


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