Cornelia Fort Aviator

Cornelia Clark Fort (Feb 5, 1919–Mar 21 1943) was an aviator in the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) later called Women Airforce Service Pilots, who became the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty. Fort was born to a wealthy and prominent Nashville, Tennessee, family; her father, Rufus Elijah Fort, was a founder of National Life and Accident Insurance Company. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1939. After college, Fort would join the Junior League of Nashville. She showed an early interest in flying, ultimately training for and earning her pilot's license in Hawaii. While working as a civilian pilot instructor at Pearl Harbor, Cornelia Fort inadvertently became one of the first witnesses to the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II. On December 7, 1941, Fort was in the air near Pearl Harbor teaching takeoffs and landings to a student pilot in an Interstate Cadet monoplane. Hers and a few other civilian aircraft were the only U.S. planes in the air near the harbor at that time.

Personal details

Date of birth
Place of birth
Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Date of death
March 21st, 1943 at age of 24
Places lived
Tennessee , United States, with Territories
pop. 6,495,978 (2013)


1. Sarah Lawrence College Colleges/University

Sarah Lawrence College is a private and independent liberal arts college in the United States. It is located in southern Westchester County, New York, in the city of Yonkers, 15 miles (24 km) north of Manhattan.

Type Private school
2011. 66.8 mil. $
Institution colors
1 Mead Way, 10708 - Bronxville, New York
2012. 1,420
2010. 1,328
2009. 1,367
2012. 316
2011. 340
2010. 342
Acceptance rate
2010. 62.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 49.7 K $
2010. 42.6 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
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People attended Sarah Lawrence College connected by profession and/or age

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1.Cornelia Fort Airpark

Cornelia Fort Airpark was a privately owned, public-use airport located five nautical miles northeast of the central business district of Nashville, in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States. The 141-acre airport was located on a bend of the Cumberland River in East Nashville from 1944 until 2011, when the city of Nashville acquired it to include it as non-aviation part of Shelby Park.


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