ERIC Number: ED431181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Harriet Quimby: America's First Lady of the Air.
Davis, Anita P.
This paper discusses the life and accomplishments of Harriet Quimby, a Michigan woman who was an aviation pioneer (the first licensed woman pilot in 1911) and yet who is largely unknown. The paper appears in conjunction with a biography of Quimby aimed at intermediate students. The paper gives a dramatic account of Quimby's flight across the English Channel on April 16, 1912 and suggests ways that the classroom teacher could integrate Quimby's achievement into the curriculum. It then recounts Quimby's early life following her birth in Arcadia Township, Michigan, on May 11, 1875. Suggestions for incorporating Quimby's early life into the classroom are provided. The paper then turns to Harriet Quimby, the journalist--her profession before she took up flying. Teachers can use Quimby's life as a writer to stimulate the creative writing of students. Since Quimby wanted to write about flight, she convinced the publisher of the magazine to pay for her flight lessons. Harriet Quimby flew 20 years before Amelia Earhart, had Harriet lived (she died while flying in July 1912) she might have become the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan