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Cornelia Fort

1919 - 1943

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Cornelia Clark Fort (February 5, 1919 – March 21, 1943) was a United States aviatrix who became famous for being part of two aviation-related events. The first occurred while conducting a civilian training flight at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when she was the first United States pilot to encounter the Japanese air fleet during the Attack on Pearl Harbor. She and her student narrowly escaped a mid-air collision with the Japanese aircraft and a strafing attack after making an emergency landing.The following year, Fort became the second member of what was to become the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASP. Fort was working as a WASP ferry pilot on 21 March 1943 when she became the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cornelia Fort has received more than 162,729 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Cornelia Fort is the 56th most popular pilot (down from 47th in 2019), the 8,075th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,871st in 2019) and the 12th most popular American Pilot.

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Among pilots, Cornelia Fort ranks 56 out of 48Before her are Maryse Bastié, Wally Funk, Hélène Boucher, Jerrie Cobb, Viktor Talalikhin, and Charles Kingsford Smith. After her are Yves Rossy, Gregorio Fuentes, Péter Besenyei, Harry Cobby, and Zara Rutherford.

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Among people born in 1919, Cornelia Fort ranks 268Before her are Roy Cochran, Folke Alnevik, Strother Martin, Aldo Campatelli, Dries van der Lof, and Patricia Medina. After her are Clyde Cowan, Carlos Julio Arosemena Monroy, Wu Wenjun, Asbjørn Ruud, Chantal Chaudé de Silans, and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Among people deceased in 1943, Cornelia Fort ranks 177Before her are Peider Lansel, Willoughby Hamilton, Tully Marshall, Farid Simaika, Rupert Julian, and Gustav von Seyffertitz. After her are James Ewing, George Hillyard, Elinor Glyn, Vladimirs Petrovs, Hanna Resvoll-Holmsen, and Helena Nordheim.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Cornelia Fort ranks 8,075 out of 18,182Before her are Robert Christgau (1942), Patrick Kilpatrick (1949), Jada Fire (1976), Leslie Bibb (1974), Andy Devine (1905), and Rogers Hornsby (1896). After her are Brad Mehldau (1970), Alfred E. Green (1889), Daniel Goldhagen (1959), Bill Hader (1978), Stubby Kaye (1918), and Tim LaHaye (1926).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Cornelia Fort ranks 12Before her are Joseph Kittinger (1928), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), Bessie Coleman (1892), Jacqueline Cochran (1906), Wally Funk (1939), and Jerrie Cobb (1931).