Norwegian honours 10 iconic women as new tail fin heroes – and they’re all Brits

Norwegian Air is celebrating International Women’s Day by honouring 10 women as part of its tail fin heroes series.

The carrier has picked eight new women to add to its tributes, joining the existing homages to Jane Austen and Amy Johnson which already adorn planes in its fleet.

The best part? They’re all British!

Ada Lovelace, Charlotte Brontë, Emmeline Pankhurst, Florence Nightingale, Lottie Dod, Mary Seacole, Rosalind Franklin and Virginia Woolf will all be receiving their own tributes, with portraits of the iconic women appearing on the Norwegian fleet’s tail fins.

The new fins will be unveiled throughout 2019 and will mean that the majority of Norwegian tail fin heroes are now women.

There are 15 tail fin heroes in total, with the five men being children’s author Roald Dahl, footballer Bobby Moore, singer Freddie Mercury, pilot Sir Freddie Laker and explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

We take a look at the 10 women below including some of their accomplishments…


Norwegian’s 10 female tail fin heroes

    1. Jane Austen

    Jane Austen tail fin

    Famous author who penned iconic novels such as Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.

    2. Amy Johnson

    Amy Johnson

    British pilot who embarked on a solo flight from London to Darwin, Australia and set a number of long-distance records during the 1930s.

    3. Ada Lovelace

    Ada Lovelace

    Mathematician in the 1800s who published groundbreaking theories and is often seen as having been one of the first to recognise the potential of computing machines.

    4. Charlotte Brontë

    Charlotte Bronte

    Famous author who wrote literary classics including Jane Eyre

    5. Emmeline Pankhurst

    Emmeline Pankhurst

    Civil rights activist who played a key role in the suffragette movement to help women win the right to vote.


    6. Florence Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale

    Medical pioneer who was the founder of modern nursing.

    7. Lottie Dod

    Lottie Dod

    Tennis player in the 1800s who won the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship five times

    8. Mary Seacole

    Mary Seacole

    British-Jamaican medical pioneer who served as a nurse during the Crimean War and set up the ‘British Hotel’ for soldiers.

    9. Rosalind Franklin

    Rosalind Franklin

    Accomplished scientist who discovered the molecular structure of DNA.

    10. Virginia Woolf

    Virginia Woolf

    Feminist author in the 20th century best known for works such as A Room’s of One’s Own and Orlando.

    Anne-Sissel Skånvik, Chief Communications Officer at Norwegian said: “Our tail fin heroes celebrate those who have been admired for their accomplishments, as pioneers in their field and inspired future generations.

    We are proud to increase the number of female British tail fin heroes in our fleet to ten. It is a huge honour to have these renowned women adorn our aircraft and to pay tribute to some of the greatest British women of all time.”

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