Harriet Quimby was the first female pilot in the United States, she was awarded her pilot’s certificate on the 1st of August 1911 and went on to become one of the most famous and prolific fliers of the period. Quimby’s adventures in the air included a crossing of the English Channel 1912 that saw her fly from Dover in the direction of Calais, she missed her target due to the bad weather conditions on the day but brought the plane down safely on the beaches of Hardelot-Plage, Pas-de-Calais.
“The men flyers have given out the impression that aeroplaning is very perilous work, something that an ordinary mortal should not dream of attempting. But when I saw how easily the man flyers manipulated their machines I said I could fly.” -Harriet Quimby-
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