“It’s a jungle out there. 60 years of female bush pilots.”
Ada Rogato, First Human Being to Fly Throughout the Amazon Jungle, 1956
Ada Rogato (1910-1986) was the 3rd woman in Brazil to earn a pilot license.
In 1956, Rogato boarded her Cessna 140 to fly throughout the Amazon Jungle landing at newly opened forest clearings and visiting Indian villages. She was the first human being to do so. The epic trip took 163 hours of flight time.
Rogato was also the world’s first agricultural female pilot and the first woman to fly in all 3 sections (South, Central, North) of the American continent.
“Too many women are not aware of women’s long and rich history of contributions to the industry,” says Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s Founder and President. “By annually selecting a theme based on women’s notable breakthroughs, we are aiming to restore women’s roots and rebuild their aviation identity.”