In NetLetter #1444 we published details of the commemorative stamps issued by the East Canada Section of the Ninety-Nines in order to celebrate Canadian women pilots representing various flying careers.
Please note that these stamps cannot be purchased at Canada Postal outlets but are available at
Rosella Bjornson - First Canadian Female Airline Pilot.
Her seventeenth birthday gift was an easy choice for her parents - flying lessons! Her first lesson at the Lethbridge Flying Club was July 13, 1964.
The Rosella Bjornson stamp was released in 2014, where Rosella had her first lesson, on the fiftieth anniversary of that day.
In April 1973 Transair, Canada 's fourth largest airline, hired Rosella Bjornson as First Officer on a Fokker F28 jet, the first woman in Canada to achieve this position, and also the first jet qualified female airline pilot in North America. As the first woman hired by a commercial airline in Canada, and the first woman member of the Canadian Air Line Pilots Association, she joined a fraternity of 2800 male airline pilots.