Near Arcadia Michigan is this old farmhouse hidden in the trees where a little girl named Harriet Quimby lived with her family. When she was a teenager, she moved with her parents to California where she grew up with a love of writing. She wrote seven screenplays directed by D.W. Griffith, and even acted in a few movies. She eventually moved to New York, and began writing a column for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. She would publish articles about her journeys and adventures for the magazine. Ahe visited an airshow where she fell in love with aviation and became the first American woman to receive a pilot’s license on August 1st, 1911.
She became a famous pilot, traveling the world flying in her vibrant purple flying suit, and paved the way for female pilots like Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman pilot to fly across the English Channel in 1912, but received little press coverage, because the Titanic had sunk the day before her crossing.
On July 1st she was Tragically killed in a plane crash when her plane pitched upward when she and her passenger were thrown from the plane and fell to their deaths. Strangely the plane glided back down, and her accident still remains a mystery as to what happened.
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