Our summary video for the 2012 Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week is published. Thanks to the kindness of the Pink Floyd group and more particularly, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, we receive the authorization to present the highlights of the week to the song of the fantastic “Learning to fly” song.
The video covers the historical event that took place simultaneously at England’s Headcorn Aerodrome and France’s Le Touquet Airport and celebrated the centennial of Harriet Quimby’s flight across the English Channel as well as the activities at the top 3 “Most Female Pilot Friendly” airports worldwide, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, Frederick, Maryland, U.S., and Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Harriet Quimby lands in France after flying over the English Channel in a Blériot airplane
Indeed, in the spring of 1912, Harriet Quimby took off from Dover and flew across the English Channel, an arm of the Atlantic ocean, to land on the beach of Hardelot Plage in the Pas de Calais. She became woman to fly across the English Channel in an airplane. To celebrate her achievement, the Women Of Aviation Worldwide are recreating her flight on March 10, 2012. Learn more about the “Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nations“.
Hélène Dutrieu pilots a Farman seaplane
Later in the same year, Hélène Dutrieu took off at the controls of a Farman seaplane. She became the first woman to fly a seaplane worldwide. The first powered seaplane flight, a design by Henri Fabre called Le Canard, had taken place just two years earlier in March 1910. To celebrate the centennial of her achievement, we are asking seaplane pilots around the world to introduce a record number of girls and women to fly seaplanes.