Lady Icarus

On April 16, 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel – and she did it in less than an hour.  Plus, this was just seven months after becoming the first woman to earn an aviator’s certificate from the Aero Club of America.

But, Ms. Quimby wasn’t just a pioneer of aviation.  She was also one of the first screenwriters of Hollywood.  Seven of her short screenplays were directed by D.W. Griffith in 1911.

Unfortunately, Harriet flew too close to the sun, so to speak.  Less then three months after her historic flight in the UK, she flew in the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet.  But this was to be her final flight, as her brand-new monoplane crashed and both Harriet and her passenger died.

Harriet is often overshadowed by Amelia, but she still holds a special place in history.