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Harriet Quimby, Adventurer in a Purple Jump Suit

Check out my latest post on the Heroes, Heroines, and History Blog. – Harriet Quimby, Adventurer in a Purple Jump Suit.

A US postage stamp issued in 1991 shows Harriet Quimby flying a plane in her trademark purple aviator’s uniform.



She’s most well-known for being the first woman to receive a U.S. pilot’s certificate in 1911 and the first woman to fly over the English Channel in 1912.

After growing up on a farm in obscurity, she splashed into the public arena as a journalist in 1902. . .

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