his surroundings and the condition of the machine which must serve him. It is all very well to do stunts and to challenge perils calculated to thrill a vast crowd watching with eager and upturned faces for something to happen. But the real achievement is to master the air as a proof of human progress.” At this writing, Harry Atwood is daily covering the distance on his flight from St. Louis to Boston without mishap. This courageous young flyer is doing much to show what really can be done with a flying machine. He should be regarded as a real benefactor to the science of flying. He is attempting no thrilling stunts for the entertainment of the crowds over which he flies. He is satisfied with a safe and sane accomplishment of cross- country flying. Without daring stunts, Quimby thrilled thousands as she

flew overhead with her white scarf trailing in the wind. She later explained that she wore the scarf to show that a woman was flying. Nevertheless, on July 1, 1912, while on what should have been a routine flight a few thousand feet above the water off the coast of Massachusetts, Quimby’s Bleriot monoplane suffered a mechanical failure and both she and her passenger, William Willard, were killed. Quimby was 37 years old. Harry Atwood made exhibition flights, broke cross-

country records, and ran a flight school in Massachusetts. Historians are challenged to sort out the facts of Atwood’s life following his more public aviation career, but he often made news as an inventor and died at the age of 83. Moisant had made exhibition flights for less than a year when a near-fatal accident caused her family to insist that she quit flying. She remained in touch with fellow “Early Birds” until her death at age 86. Dozens of aviators died during the Pioneer Exhibition Era (1909-1915), but they educated and inspired both men and women of the future to take to the air. Among them were female fliers who gained fame and fortune performing heart-pounding stunts.

RISKY BUSINESS AND OLD, BOLD PILOTS Julia Clark took up flying at Curtiss’ San Diego school and became the third licensed female in the U.S. (FAI No. 133) in May 1912. She flew a Curtiss biplane and quickly accepted an invitation to make an exhibition flight in Illinois. She crashed and died while making a practice flight on June 17. Clark became the world’s first licensed female aviatrix to die while flying. She was 32 years old. Unlike Quimby, Blanche Stuart Scott was never licensed

but is considered the first American woman to solo after taking a few lessons from Glenn Curtiss in 1910. She quickly became a sensation as the “Tomboy of the Air,” making exhibition flights for gawking spectators as she performed the “death dive,” falling from 4,000 feet to 200


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