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Nancy Bird Walton, Australian Aviator (1915-2009)

Nancy Bird Walton, Australian Aviator (1915-2009)

Nancy Bird Walton (1915-2009) was a pioneering Australian aviator at a time when few women flew aeroplanes. She took flying lessons with Charles Kingsford Smith in Sydney, and became a fully qualified pilot at 19 years of age when she purchased her first plane, a de Havilland Gipsy Moth.

In 1935, Nancy Bird Walton was employed by the Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme to fly her plane as an air ambulance. In 1938, she briefly travelled to Europe to do some promotional work for the Dutch airline, KLM, but returned to Australia at the outbreak of World War II. Throughout the war she trained women in supporting roles in the Royal Australian Air Force.

In 1950, Nancy Bird Walton founded the Australian Women Pilots’ Association and served as president and later patron. In 1997, the National Trust declared her a National Living Treasure and Qantas later named its first Airbus A380 in her honour.
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