Eileen Vollick Pilot

March 13, 2012 by staff 

Eileen Vollick Pilot, Eileen Vollick (2 August 1908 – 27 September 1968) became Canada’s first licensed female pilot on 13 March 1928. She was also the first Canadian woman to parachute into water.

Mary Eileen Vene Riley was born at home on 2 August 1908 to James and Mary Riley in Wiarton, Ontario. James Riley was killed in a mining accident in 1911.

Mary Riley remarried to George Vollick and the newly formed family moved to Hamilton, Ontario. Eileen was three years old when she received her stepfather’s last name. She graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Hamilton, Ontario.

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