Coffee With Jeff #81: Harriet Quimby, The First Women Pilot

26 mins - Published Sun, Mar 27, 2016 by Jeff Kelley

Her name was Harriet Quimby. She was a beautiful journalist, photographer, and – more importantly – the first women in America to get a license to fly an airplane. Today is her story. One August 2nd, 1911, a New York Times story began with the headline, “Miss Quimby wins air pilots license. First woman in American and second in the world authorized to fly aeroplane.”

About a month later a newspaper story read, “Girl flies by night at Richmond fair. Harriet Quimby darts about in the moonshine about an admiring crown.”

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