Chinese Aviatrix Receives Gift Of New Plane From Colonel Roscoe Turner, Washington, D.C., 1939
Here’s what you need to know: Hilda Yen was awesome. Born into a highly influential Chinese family, she earned degrees from both Smith College AND Yale. Yen was spoken of in the same breath with the likes of her contemporary, Amelia Earhart. She took her flying skill to China to instruct others on how to fly. In the picture above, she accepts a gift of an airplane, on behalf of the “Friends Of New China,” from American military officer, Colonel Roscoe Turner.
A month later the plane nearly killed her when she crashed into a field, but she bounced back, advocating for China the rest of her life.
How the fuck come I’ve never heard of her, but Amelia’s been pushed down my throat?
A lot of people say this, but I’ll say it again: I have learned so much more history on Tumblr than I ever did in school.
yo, it’s because amelia was white.