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Nancy Bird Walton

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.
Australian aviatrix Nancy Bird in leather flight jacket, hat and goggles, New South Wales, 22 August 1933 [picture]. [nla.
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Australian aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton
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Australian aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton
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Aviatrice, Nancy Bird, at nineteen
Aviatrix Nancy Bird in aviation cap and goggles, New South Wales, ca. 1937 [picture]. [nla.
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Aviatrix Nancy Bird in aviation cap and goggles, New...
Nancy Bird standing in front of her plane, New South Wales, 22 August 1933 [picture]. [nla.
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Nancy Bird standing in front of her plane, New South...
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Aviation Veteran, Nancy Bird Walton,
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Australian aviation pioneer Nancy Bird
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