Today, 56 years ago, Lady Mary Bailey died


Lady Mary Bailey, the first pilot to complete a to and fro trip between London and Cape Town, died in Cape Town on 29 August 1960.

She was the first woman to fly over the Irish Sea and was already a mother of five children when she achieved this.

Bailey went on to study navigation and was awarded a blind-flying certificate, she also became the first woman to achieve this.

She won numerous flying competitions before her passing.

Source: South African History Online

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