Mary, Lady Heath (1896-1939)
was an Irish aviator, and one of the most famous women of her time. She was
also an accomplished athlete and Britain’s first women’s javelin champion.
Her education was undertaken at the Royal
College of Science in Ireland, where she was one of very few women in the
institution. She obtained her flying license in 1927, the first woman in
Britain to do so. Her fame was owed to feats such as being the first pilot to
ever fly a small open-cockpit airplane from Cape Town to London, and the first
woman to parachute out of a plane.