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Harriet Quimby was famous for flying firsts. She was the first licensed woman pilot in the United States. She was also the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She made that flight in 1912!
Flying was very dangerous back then. Planes were made of not much more than paper, wire, and glue. Their cockpits were open to the weather. Pilots had no radios. Parachutes hadn't been invented yet. It took someone very brave, like Harriet Quimby, to fly those planes!