Chapter 8 Official Bird

13 May

In 1911, AMERICA GAINED its first licensed woman pilot, Harriet Quimby, who earned license No. 37 on August 1 by successfully completing her tests before two representatives of Aero Club of America, George F. Campbell-Wood and Baron Ladilas D’Orcy.  She was an ideal choice to break the sex barrier in America: glamorous, clever, definitely a modern woman, yielding nothing to men.  She was also an invented one.

Eileen F. Lebow;  Before Amelia Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation (Brassey’s Inc. Washington D.C. ©2002)  p. 145

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