duhalde-en-la-raf copyMargot Duhalde, who has died aged 97, was the first female pilot in Chile starting her flying lessons when she was 16-years old.  Of French-Basque ancestry, when General de Gaulle issued his call to the Free French she immediately volunteered and sailed for England.  The French did not require female pilots so she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).  She served for four years, delivered over 900 aircraft including fighters and twin-engined aircraft.  She later flew with the French Air Force in Morocco before returning to Chile where she continued flying until she was 83.

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