RIP, Emily Howell Warner

Emily Howell Warner, the first woman to command a commercial airliner for a major airline, passed away on July 3 at age 80.

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Though not the first woman to fly as a commercial pilot, Warner became the only woman working as a pilot for a major airline when she was hired by Frontier Airlines in 1973. Within six months of her hiring, Warner was promoted to First Officer, and became the first female member of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) in 1974. In 1976, she became the first woman to serve as the captain of a commercial flight when she commanded a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter. Warner was also the first woman to command an all-female crew. When Frontier went out of business in 1986, Warner went to work as captain of a UPS Boeing 737, and also flew the Douglas DC-8. In 1990, When she left UPS to work for the Federal Aviation Administration, she had over 21,000 hours in her logbook. Warner was elected to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014 and, in 2015, Granby County Airport in Colorado was renamed Emily Warner Field.

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