Pilot Katherine Board (left) and crew: Kate holds several distinctions, including being a member of an elite group even more rare than female astronauts -- female airship pilots. She is the only female Zeppelin pilot in the world and from her first instruction flight at the age of 18, Kate has risen fast in the (very) male-dominated world of airships. One of her first aviation positions, with Virgin Hot Air Balloon flights, led to her first airship position, with Virgin Lightships. Beginning as a ground crewman, she eventually worked her way up to pilot, and has CAA, LBA and FAA commercial airship licenses. Kate has flown extensively in Europe and America, logging more than 5,000 flight hours. At 5 feet 2-inches tall, she commands the largest airship in the world.