Emily Howell Warner

Oct 30, 1939 – Jul 3, 2020 (Age 80)


October 30, 1939
July 3, 2020


Emily Howell Warner was a professional pilot who was the first woman hired by a U.S. commercial airline as a permanent pilot, in 1973. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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While reviewing my logbook from the early 70s I remembered my private pilot check ride and noted it was signed e Howell. I Remembered the flight well and looked up her name and was saddened to learn of her passing. I was warmed to learn of her many accomplishments in aviation. I went on to work for western/delta (non. Pilot) and retired after a 37 years. I offer my condolences for the loss of a great pioneer in aviation. John mayers

Emily Warner and her twin sister Eileen were my first cousins.They both had very accomplished lives.They were both full of fun although Emily did sustain tragedy in her life. I'm happy that she got the recognition she deserved.She will be greatly missed.
Mary Rice

Very nice. Poor Emily she went through a lot. She was so lovely. We were fist cousins. I remember driving out to Colorado with my mom and my daughter Cathy and son Bill.
And going up to their cabin overlooking the Tabernash Valley. Took them all up their again including my sister Mary. In later years another cousin Audrey and I would go to Green Valley, AZ . where both Emily and Eileen had homes there. We did try to stay in touch with the girls when they moved back to Denver. My mother...

To the family, many, many friends, and colleagues of this wonderful woman, who was a professional pilot female to be hired by a U.S. commercial airline. That is the legacy Ms. Emily Howell Warner left behind that will not be forgotten. May the God of comfort bless your grieving hearts with strength, loving kindness and peace as the world copes with loss the of Ms. Warner. May family, friends and extended family cherish her memories.

Emily was a fantastic person! I will always look up to her! She was the one who got me started in my Aviation career with my goal to become a pilot. I will never forget the words she told me when I met her. She told me the one day if I wanted to be a pilot, I would be an amazing pilot. To this day I have a career in aviation, a degree in aviation, and in the process of getting my pilot licenses. And to make it more interesting she told me this back in 2008. She will always be my hero!

Emily was my hero and role model. In an era when female pilots could only dream about flying for the airlines, she succeeded, unlocking the door through which every woman who shared her dream was able to pass. She was kind, pleasant, professional and remarkably modest for a person of her accomplishments. I recently retired as a captain for United Airlines, and have always considered it a great honor to know her as a friend.

Emily leaves a legacy of thousands of pilots who follow in her footsteps, or should we say flight path. She was a woman of grace, integrity and perseverance and my hero. Deepest condolences to family and friends.

I worked for and with Emily at Clinton Aviation, where I learned to fly and was first employed as an instructor. Emily's life serves as an outstanding example of what desire, hard work and dedication can accomplish. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My sympathy is with her family.