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Margaret Fairweather

Margaret Fairweather

English airwoman
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro English airwoman
A.K.A. Margaret Runciman
Countries United Kingdom
Occupations Aviator
Gender female
Birth 1901 (Northumberland, North East England, England, United Kingdom)
Death 1944 (Malpas, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, North West England)
Family
Mother: Hilda Runciman, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford
Father: Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford
Education Girton College
The details
Biography

Margaret Fairweather (23 September 1901 – 4 August 1944) was a British aviator and one of the first eight women members of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). She flew many planes including Tiger Moths and Hurricanes, and was the first woman to fly a Supermarine Spitfire. She had previously been an instructor for the Civil Air Guard at Renfrew.

She died in a crash in 1944 shortly after the death of her husband; also on board was her sister Kitty who was injured. The cause of the crash was a mechanical problem with the fuel tank.

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