HARRIET QUIMBY Biography - Famous Sports men and women


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Name: Harriet Quimby                                                                 
Born: May 11, 1875 Arcadia, Michigan                                                 
Died: July 1, 1912 Squantum, Massachusetts                                           
Occupation Aviator                                                                   
Harriet Quimby (May 11, 1875 – July 1, 1912) was the first female to get a pilot   
license in the United States. In 1911 (August 1, 1911), she earned the first US       
pilot's certificate issued to a woman by the Aero Club of America, and less than     
a year later flew across the English Channel, the first woman to do so. Although     
Quimby lived only to age 37, she had a major impact on women's roles in aviation.     
Quimby's career ended on July 1, 1912. She was flying in the Third Annual Boston     
Aviation Meet at Squantum, Massachusetts. As a passenger was William Willard,         
the event's organizer, in her brand-new, two-seat, Bleriot monoplane. The plane       
unexpectedly pitched forward for reasons that are still unknown. Both Willard         
and Quimby were ejected and fell to their deaths. Harriet Quimby was buried in       
the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York. The following year her remains         
were moved to the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.                             
It is not known for certain, but the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's restored and           
flyable Anzani-powered Blériot XI, which bears the Blériot factory's serial         
number 56, and is still on the US FAA national registry with registration number     
N60094, could possibly be the aircraft that Quimby was flying in 1912 during the     
Boston Aviation Meet. The previously wrecked aircraft that is now flying at Old       
Rhinebeck was found, stored in a barn in Laconia, New Hampshire in the 1960s,         
and fully restored to flying condition, most likely by Cole Palen, ORA's founder.     
A 1991 postage stamp featured Quimby.                                                 
She is memorialized in two official Michigan historical markers, one in               
Coldwater, and one at her birthplace in Manistee County, Michigan.