On this day (April 16), 1912, Harriet Quimby, intrepid American aviator, becomes the first woman to cross the English Channel.
Harriet Quimby was born on May 11, 1875 in Michigan, USA, and was a pioneering American aviator and screenwriter.
In the early 20th century, Harriet became a journalist . In 1902, he began writing for the San Francisco Dramatic Review and also contributed to the Sunday editions of the San Francisco Chronicle< s20> and San Francisco Call. She moved to Manhattan, New York in 1903 to work as a drama critic for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly and over 250 of his articles were published over a period of nine years.
Quimby became interested in aviation in 1910, when he attended the International Aviation Tournament Belmont Park in New York . There she met John Moisant , a well-known aviator and flight school operator
On August 1, 1911, she became the first American woman to earn an airman's certificate Aero Club of America .
Drivers could earn up to $1,000 per performance, and prize money for a race could be as high as $10,000 or more. Quimby joined the Moisant International Aviators, an exhibition team, and made his professional debut, earning $1,500, on a night flight over Staten Island against a crowd of almost 20,000 spectators.
On April 16, 1912, Quimby took off from Dover, England, en route to Calais, France flying his modern monoplane, made by French aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot. She made the flight in 59 minutes, landing about 40 km from Calais on a beach.
As a curiosity, comment that Harriet Quimby in 1911, wrote seven scripts
which Biograph Studios turned into silent film shorts
- excuse me?
- ma'am, I don't understand you
- your French language?
- no, "I don't buy bread"
- do you understand pas?
- but... but...Isn't this Calais, France?
- no ma'am, this is Avilés, Asturias, Spain
- yes ma'am
- bloody English fog! I'm already lost! I was already saying that this was taking a long time!
- calm down, ma'am
- now what do I do?
- do you want to come drink cider with my family?
- English cider?
- nooooooo... good cider, Asturian cider...
- oh well, okay. So yes.