Raised on a Michigan farm, she turned 25 in 1900, not long after she had moved to San Francisco to begin a career in journalism. She didn’t stay long, heading to New York where she worked for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly as a photojournalist. A decade later, bitten by the flying bug, she took lessons at the Moisant School of Aviation on Long Island, New York, and became the first woman in the United States to earn a pilot’s license. The following year, 1912, Quimby became the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel, less than three years after Louis Blériot had been the first person to do it.
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