Harriet Quimby Facts

Harriet Quimby Facts
Harriet Quimby (May 11, 1875 to July 1, 1912) was an American aviator. In 1911, she was awarded a U.S. pilot's certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman pilot in the US. She was also a journalist and screenwriter.
Interesting Harriet Quimby Facts:
Harriet Quimby was born in Arcadia, Michigan.
Her family moved to San Francisco in early 1900 to become a journalist.
She moved to New York in 1903 and became a theater critic for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly.
During the next nine years she published over 250 articles in that magazine.
After attending the Belmont Park International Aviation Tournament in 1910 she became interested in aviation.
On August 1, 1911, she took her pilot's test and became the first woman in the US to earn a pilot's license.
Quimby was a screenwriter and seven of her screenplays were make into silent films directed by D.W.Griffith.
Her short film credits included "Sunshine through Dark," "The Blind Princess and the Poet," "His Mother's Scarf," "The Broken Cross," and "Fisher Folks."
She acted in her own production of her original work, "Lines of White on a Sullen Sea."
In 1912 she was recruited by the Vin Fiz Company to be the spokesperson for their new grape soda and her purple aviator uniform was their advertising logo.
On April 16, 1912, Quimby took off from Dover, England, and made the 59 minute flight to Calais, becoming the first woman to pilot a plane across the English Channel.
Her accomplishment went largely unnoticed because the sinking of the Titanic on April 15 filled the newspapers of the day.
On July 1, 1912, while Quimby was piloting a new Bleriot monoplane in the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet, the plane suddenly pitched forward at 1500 feet.
She and her passenger, William Willard, organizer of the event, fell from the plane and died.
In 1991 a US airmail stamp was released which featured Quimby.
In 2012 she was inducted into the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame.
A film biography of her life called "Albatross" is currently in production.


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