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    Celebrating pilot Harriet Quimby, America’s 1st female pilot

    On 2 August 1911 the Aero Club of America granted an FAI pilot’s licence to the adventure-loving journalist and screenwriter Harriet Quimby. It was the first licence to be awarded to an American female aviator. With a wealthy background and liberal upbringing among the artists and bohemians of San Francisco at the turn of the 20th Century, Quimby moved in circles in which women were empowered to follow their own path. With a flair for writing and a love of travel, she moved to New York and excelled in a post at Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly as a reporter and photographer. Born with a natural passion for new technologies, Quimby was noted…

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