Club marks a good air day for women

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FIFE flying club recently celebrated the anniversary of the first British pilot’s licence to be issued to a woman.

Hilda Hewlett gained her licence on August 29, 1911, and went on to teach her son to fly before setting up an aircraft manufacturing company (Hewlett and Blondeau Ltd) supplying aircraft and engines during the First World War.

The flying club held its celebration at Fife Airport, Glenrothes, where there was a display by SkyWatch Civil Air Patrol, the largest voluntary air observation service in Europe.

The event was officially opened by Elizabeth Childs, Deputy Lieutenant of Fife. Also in attendance were the RAF Benevolent Fund, Fife Police and Tricia Marwick MSP, Presiding Officer at the Scottish Parliament.

Pictured at the opening of the event, are (from left) FFC chairman Peter Crabb, Mrs Marwick, Ms Childs, FCC member Karen Simpson, Tayside Aviation managing director Jim Watt and FlyBe commercial pilot Captain Lorna Hastings.