Harriet Quimby Cranking the Motor of Her Moisant Monoplane, circa 1911

Summary

Harriet Quimby became the first American woman to earn a pilot's license in July 1911, and the first woman to fly the English Channel in April 1912. With her trademark purple satin flying suit, Quimby brought a mix of showmanship and skill to her work. She died in an airplane accident near Boston in July 1912, but her influence was profound.

Harriet Quimby became the first American woman to earn a pilot's license in July 1911, and the first woman to fly the English Channel in April 1912. With her trademark purple satin flying suit, Quimby brought a mix of showmanship and skill to her work. She died in an airplane accident near Boston in July 1912, but her influence was profound.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1911

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

Aeronautics Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

40.188.68

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Plate glass

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 9 in

Width: 7 in

Inscriptions

copy signature on front: Harriet Quimby typed at bottom border of image: Miss Harriet Quimby, Dramatic Editor of Leslie's Weekly, who is a pupil / in the Moisant Aviation School at Garden City, long Island, cranking / the motor of her 30-horsepower Moisant monoplane. Miss Quimby is the on- / ly woman monoplanist and the first American woman to try for a pilot's license. / #1005

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