Of Aviation Art, History & Stereotypes.

Posted on July 05, 2014 by Gagan Singh

From aviation pinups  - to aircraft nose art  - to glamorous flight attendants... Women have contributed far more to aviation.


This probably is the most well known role in civil aviation. Of course we all love them.


Nadezhda Popova was a Russian female pilot during WWII. The German military called her one of the "Nachthexen", or "Night Witches" She flew 852 decoy missions in a canvas winged plane. Dropped food and medicine to Russian marines trapped on the beach at Malaya Zemlya. She had to fly so low that she heard their cheers. After the mission, she found 42 bullet holes in her plane.She died on July 8, 2013 at the age of 91.


'Nose Art' on B 17 Flying Fortress.
Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of a military aircraft, usually chalked up on the front fuselage, and is a form of aircraft graffiti.
While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death.


Amy Johnson 1903-1942 one the first English female aviator.


Nose art to aviation pin up art.


Historical female aviators from second world war popularly known as WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots).


The New Breed Of Aviators: 1st Batch of Women Helicopter Pilots commissioned in Indian Air Force in 1995. First one to get commissioned was Pilot Officer Guneet Kaur standing in front.



(From Left to Right): Simran Sodhi, Sumita Vijayan, Cheryl Dutta, Sangeeta Rani, Guneet Kaur, G.R. Anuradha, Sujata Phukan, Bhavana Maney


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