Milford, N.H Highway Marker Honors Female Pilot Pioneer

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MILFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources announced on Monday that a highway marker has been installed to honor aviation pioneer Bernice Blake Perry, the first woman in N.H to pilot a plane and first female commercial pilot in New England.

The highway marker was placed near Milford Rotary Centennial Park on Route 1A.

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According to the NHDHR, Perry was a Manchester native who spent most of her life in Milford and as a charter member of the Ninety-Nines, a pioneering group of women pilots led by Amelia Earhart. After becoming the first regional female pilot in 1929, Perry became known for her aerial photography where she would help site map for the development of airports in N.H.

Perry's dedication was the 268th marker in N.H's Historical Highway Marker Program.

An interactive map of all the state's historical highway markers can be found here.

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