Nov 2012 Aviatrix from the past: Matilde E. Moisant
We all know by now that Harriet Quimbly is credited with being the first woman to receive her pilot’s certificate in 1911 but does anyone ever remember #2 of anything? Mike Williams sent me the link to the 2nd woman to receive her pilots certificate, Matilde E. Moisant, because he knew I’d be interested in her Indiana connection.
Born in 1878 in Indiana (let that soak in —- 1878) Moisant learned to fly at Alfred’s Moisant Aviation School on Long Island, New York. In 1911, a few weeks after her friend Harriet Quimby received her pilot’s certificate, Matilde Moisant became the second woman pilot certified by the Aero Club of America.
She pursued a career in exhibition flying. In September 1911, she flew in the air show at Nassau Boulevard airfield in Garden City, New York and, while competing against HÃ©lÃ¨ne Dutrieu, Moisant broke the women’s altitude world record and won the Rodman-Wanamaker trophy by flying to 1,200′. (100 Years laterÂ I can hit that in my S7 by the end of the runway on a cold day!)
Moisant stopped flying on April 14, 1912 in Wichita Falls, Texas when her plane crashed (the same day that the Titanic sank). Less than two months later, her friend Harriet Quimby was killed when she fell from her plane.
Although Moisant recovered from her injuries, she gave up flying and moved to the family plantation in San Salvador.
billpennockPosted at 01:56h, 27 March
My mother would have loved your event. She learned to fly on an aeronca in 1958. She went on to a career in socal as an instructor and the FAA designated examiner, one of very few women. She flew he AWTA race 3 times in the 60s including one of the east to west itineraries that was best competed below prevailing wind. Stories are amazing in my family about that one but Chesapeake bay at bouy level in a 260 Comanche with water spouts to the windshield come to mind. Whenever she could she would go back to teaching aerobatics in a taildragger.
Dr. Barbara GansonPosted at 09:02h, 06 February
I have always wanted to be a taildragger pilot. That is my goal as a pilot. It would be great to have some of your pilots come to Florida to set up a table at our event at Arthur Dunn (X21) on Saturday March 9, 2013.
Dr. Barbara GansonPosted at 09:00h, 06 February
First of all, I would like to invite the Ladies who love Taildraggers to an upcoming event near Kennedy Space Center on the Space Coast of Florida on Saturday March 9, 2013 at Arthur Dunn (X21). We are planning to give free rides to women and girls, focusing primarily on the middle school and early high school girls. We need more women pilots to give rides that day. Please get the word out and see our website flyitforwardtitusville.info
Also, Matilde Moisant was the first woman to fly in Mexico in 1911.
Vanessa Jump NelsonPosted at 00:19h, 08 November
Awesome story, Judy! Thanks for sharing!