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Aviator of the week
A great innovation in aviation was made in a scheduled flight with Boeing Air Transport (BAT), now United Airlines, 81 years ago on last Saturday when the first flight attendant served tables in the air. But her job was quite different from what we’re used to today.
Alberto Santos Dumont, the son of Brazilian millionaire, became the leading balloon pioneer around the beginning of last century. Alberto was designing aircrafts at the same time that the Wright brothers were at Kitty Hawk and he would later design several balloons, airplanes and helicopters.
On the 9th of March, 1934, Juri Alexejewitsch Gagarin was born in Kluschino to a Russian carpenter, who worked with his wife on a collective farm. Juri, the third of four children spend most of his childhood in his hometown Kluschino but would later become a hero in Russia.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born in Detroit 1902 and grew up on a small farm in Minnesota. His father was a lawyer from Sweden who served as a congressman and his mother a chemistry teacher. Charles went on to become one of the most famous and inspiring aviators in the world.
Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman aviator, was born on January 26th 1892 in Atlanta, Texas and died April 30th 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was not only the first African American woman to get a pilot license but she was also the first to get an international pilot license.
The German pilot Rita Maiburg (1951-1977) became the first female captain in the western, despite some difficulties. However, managers did not believe that the passengers would trust a woman in the cockpit. For this reason she was announced as "Captain Maiburg".