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Emily Howell Warner (October 30, 1939 – July 3, 2020) was an American airline pilot. She the first woman captain of a scheduled US airline. She was born in Denver, Colorado.

In 1973, Warner was the first woman pilot to be hired by a scheduled US airline since Helen Richey was hired as a co-pilot in 1934.[1][2] In 1976 Warner was the first woman to become a US airline captain.[3][4]


She was honored into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and National Women’s Hall of Fame.[5][6] Her pilot’s uniform is on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.[7]

Warner was a flight school manager in Denver, Colorado. She flew more than 21,000 flight hours and performed more than 3,000 check rides and evaluations over her career.[8]

Warner died in 2020 from problems caused by a fall and Alzheimer's disease in Littleton, Colorado at the age of 80.[9][10]


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  2. Douglas, Deborah G. (2004). American Women and Flight Since 1940. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813126258 . 
  3. Cochrane, D.; Ramirez, P.. "Women in Aviation and Space History, Emily Howell Warner". America by Air. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 
  4. Borstelmann, Thomas (2011). The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9781400839704 . 
  5. Dobbin, Ben (5 October 2002). "1st Female Makes Hall of Fame". Associated Press. 
  6. "Emily Howell Warner". National Women's Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. 
  7. "Howell-Warner: 1st woman to be hired as a pilot by major U.S. airline". AV8TR Newsletter. 17 January 2014. 
  8. Wise, Rick; Witvliet, Jolanda (June–July 2000). "Emily Warner, The First Female Pilot Member of the Air Line Pilots Association". Air Line Pilot. Archived from the original on 2014-03-15. 
  9. Roberts, Sam (July 17, 2020). "Emily Howell Warner, Who Broke a Sky-High Glass Ceiling, Dies at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2020. 
  10. "Saddened to hear news of recent passing of Capt. Emily Warner.". 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.