Carol Vorderman shares a selfie from the cockpit on International Women’s Day

Carol Vorderman shares a selfie from the cockpit as she reveals her inspiration for learning to fly on International Women’s Day










Carol Vorderman celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday by revealing that she was inspired by a female pilot to take flying lessons.

The TV personality, 61, took to Instagram to tell the story of Mildred Bruce, a daredevil who was the reason she started to take flight.

Alongside photos of Mildred, Carol shared snaps of herself in the cockpit and posing on the tarmac as she stood on the wing of the plane.

Flying high: TV star Carol Voderman celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday by revealing her inspiration

The star admitted she was so inspired she even named her plane after the adventurer.

In one fell swoop, Carol looks happier than ever as she pilots the plane in a pair of large aviator sunglasses and a Royal Air Force baseball cap.

In another, she smiles next to a mystery man, as they pose in front of a plane, her long hair falling over her face and shoulders.

Dare devil: The star admitted she was so inspired she even named her plane Mildred after the adventurer

Dare devil: The star admitted she was so inspired she even named her plane Mildred after the adventurer

Carol captioned the photos: “I want to tell you about my inspiration. MILDRED BRUCE. She was wild. Born in 1895, she became the first woman to be fined for speeding. She was only 14 and was riding too fast on her brother’s motorcycle.

“She was a single mother at the age of 20, which at the time was considered shameful, but she became a rally champion, finishing 4th in the Monte Carol rally and setting world records for the 24-hour challenge. time”.

“She drove nonstop and solo for 24 hours at an average speed of 89 mph. Extraordinary’.

Mysterious man: Carol smiles next to a mysterious man, as they pose in front of a plane, her long hair falling over her face and shoulders

Mysterious man: Carol smiles next to a mysterious man, as they pose in front of a plane, her long hair falling over her face and shoulders

Inspired: Along with photos of her inspiration, Carol shared snaps of herself in the cockpit and posing on the tarmac

Inspired: Along with photos of her inspiration, Carol shared snaps of herself in the cockpit and posing on the tarmac

“Then she turned to flying. In 1930 she bought a small plane, took flying lessons and after flying alone a few miles from her home airfield in England, she took off around the world”.

“Brave and fearless, Mildred crashed and had adventures only you and I could dream of…after fixing her plane she was flying on, she was the first woman to fly to Japan. When ‘she met oceans, she folded the wings of her little plane and put it on a cruise liner. She always flew with a pearl necklace around her neck, I loved that about her. Ha.’

“She crossed America and rang the Empire State Building so many times that they arrested her on landing. Undeterred, she flew to the UK. All this before the construction of planes capable of flying solo across the oceans”.

Mildred: The 61-year-old star took to Instagram to tell the story of Mildred Bruce, a daredevil who inspired the star to take flying lessons

Mildred: The 61-year-old star took to Instagram to tell the story of Mildred Bruce, a daredevil who inspired the star to take flying lessons

Carol captioned the photos: “I want to tell you about my inspiration.  MILDRED BRUCE.  She was wild.  Born in 1895, she became the first woman to be fined for speeding.  She was only 14 and was riding too fast on her brother's motorbike'

Carol captioned the photos: “I want to tell you about my inspiration. MILDRED BRUCE. She was wild. Born in 1895, she became the first woman to be fined for speeding. She was only 14 and was riding too fast on her brother’s motorbike’

“After being part of a flying circus, she became a businesswoman and created an airline of 30 Dragons. She was the first airline to employ flight attendants. She partied at the Dorchester (I did this for 5 years myself!)”.

“During the Second World War she used her planes for transport and set up a company in South Wales which serviced RAF planes. This woman was something else.”

“When I heard of her and researched her life, I could only name my plane Mildred after her. I started flying late in life, but I still This is “my Mildred”.

“Times have changed since Mildred, or even I, grew up. Circumstances have improved dramatically for women BUT young women still need support and as an ambassador for many years now, I know we we are there for them”.

Cockpit Carol: Carol looks happier than ever in the cockpit wearing a pair of large aviator sunglasses and a Royal Air Force baseball cap

Cockpit Carol: Carol looks happier than ever in the cockpit wearing a pair of large aviator sunglasses and a Royal Air Force baseball cap

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