Did you know that the first time a woman legally took the controls of an airplane after March 8th, 1910? Raymonde de Laroche was the woman’s name, a French-born on August 22nd, 1882 in Paris.
Laroche was the daughter of a plumber, and when growing up, she grew fond of sports. Later in her teen, she took a liking to motorcycles and automobiles. As a young woman, de Laroche became an actress during which she became acquainted with several aviators.
In October 1909, she appealed to her friend, aviator, and an airplane builder Charles Voisin to teach her how to fly a plane. On October 22nd the same year, de Laroche traveled to the Voisin brother’s base of operations at Chalon, some 90 miles (140 km) east of Paris.
The Voisin’s plane at the time could only seat just one person, the pilot, and no passenger. De Laroche had to climb up into the plane and operate it by herself as her instructor stood on the ground giving instructions. When she had mastered the basics controls, de Laroche flew the aircraft off the grown lifting some 300 yards …read more