Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lorna de Blicquy

Pioneering aviator

Lived and studied in Ottawa.

Born in Blythe, Ontario.

First Canadian female to make a parachute jump (and the youngest — she was 16 years old); the jump took place at the Ottawa Parachute Club.

Soloed at 15 in a J-3 Cub at the Atlas Aviation Flying School in Ottawa.

Received her private pilot's license in 1948, and her commercial pilot's license in 1953.

Graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa in 1953.

Canada’s first female pilot Civil Aviation Inspector and the first woman to fly commercially in the high Arctic.

First Canadian to be inducted in the International Women in Aviation, Pioneer Hall of Fame in 1996.

Member of the Order of Canada since 1993.

Honorary Life Member of the 99s and the Ottawa Flying Club.

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