Amelie Beese

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About Amelie Beese

Female pilot in early 20th century Germany who gained fame as the country’s first aviatrix.

Early life

Her studies of mathematics and aeronautical engineering inspired her to become a pilot.

Trivia

Her biggest challenge in learning to fly was not a lack of money, but a lack of willingness on the part of flight instructors to teach a woman how to fly.

Family of Amelie Beese

Her parents both supported her in her passion; her mother even lent her money to open her own flying school.

Close associates of Amelie Beese

She and New Zealand pilot, Jean Mermoz , both opened up new opportunities for female pilots.

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Bessie Coleman

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About Bessie Coleman

First African-American female pilot and first African-American recipient of an international pilot’s license.

Early life

She attended Langston University.

Trivia

She received her pilot’s license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in France.

Family of Bessie Coleman

She grew up with twelve siblings.

Close associates of Bessie Coleman

She was inspired by fellow female aviator Amelia Earhart.

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Chesley Sullenberger

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About Chesley Sullenberger

Famous U.S. Airways pilot and hero who safely landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River.

Early life

At 16, he learned to fly in an Aeronca 7DC from a private airstrip near his home. He studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds two Master’s degrees.

Trivia

He was ranked #2 in TIME Magazine’s 2009 list of the Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons.

Family of Chesley Sullenberger

He and his wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, adopted two daughters.

Close associates of Chesley Sullenberger

He was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie Sully.

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Chesley Sullenberger

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About Chesley Sullenberger

Famous U.S. Airways pilot and hero who safely landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River.

Early life

At 16, he learned to fly in an Aeronca 7DC from a private airstrip near his home. He studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds two Master’s degrees.

Trivia

He was ranked #2 in TIME Magazine’s 2009 list of the Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons.

Family of Chesley Sullenberger

He and his wife, Lorrie Sullenberger, adopted two daughters.

Close associates of Chesley Sullenberger

He was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie Sully.

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