Hanna Reitsch – Aviator – Test Pilot – Forgotten Legend

Hanna Reitsch (29 March 1912 — 24 August 1979) was a German aviator and the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Combined Pilots-Observation Badge in Gold with Diamonds during World War II.

Reitsch was the first woman to fly a helicopter, a rocket plane, and a jet fighter. She set over forty aviation altitude and endurance records during her career, both before and after World War II, and several of her international gliding records are still standing to this day.

Perhaps this will help put to rest the idea that National Socialism is sexist.

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