This Happened - March 8: Raymonde Laroche, First Woman Pilot
Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to earn a pilot's license on this day in 1910.
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Where was Raymonde de Laroche from?
Raymonde de Laroche was born in Paris, France, in 1882. She first was a professional balloonist and had already set several records in that field before turning to airplane aviation.
How did Raymonde de Laroche become interested in aviation?
Raymonde de Laroche became interested in aviation after attending an air show in 1908, where she met some of the early pioneers of aviation, including Wilbur Wright.
What other aviation records did Raymonde de Laroche set?
In addition to being the first woman to receive a pilot's license, Raymonde de Laroche set several other aviation records, including becoming the first woman to fly solo in 1909 and setting a women's altitude record in 1919. Her achievement paved the way for other women to enter the field of aviation and inspired many young women to pursue careers in science and technology. Her pioneering work in aviation helped break down gender barriers and opened up new opportunities for women in a male-dominated field.