Never one to hang around for history, Quimby made her record attempt the next year, in the April of 1912. She completed her flight from Dover to Calais in just fifty nine minutes, although she landed about thirty miles away from Calais.
She had created her own myth just hours before the Titanic became legend.
No one has ever been able to explain why Quimby’s brand new Bleriot Monoplane suddenly pitched, throwing both Willard and Quimby from their seats. They fell to their deaths.
Quimby was thirty seven when she plummeted to earth, a record breaker who became an unfortunate footnote in the story of aviation.
Yet she should be a much more well known name and through this we hope to help ensure that Harriet is not hidden from history!
First Image San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
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