A brief history of Thérèse Peltier

Thérèse Peltier (1873 - 1926), a French sculptor and aviator, is popularly believed to have been the first ever woman passenger in an airplane.

On 8 July 1908 in Turin Peltier flew as a passenger with Delagrange for a distance of 656 feet.

Peltier also accompanied Delagrange to Italy and made a solo flight of 200 metres at a height of 2.5 metres at the Military Square in Turin.

Photos published of this suggest that she should perhaps instead be recognised as the first woman to pilot a heavier-than-air craft.

When Delagrange died in an airplane accident, on 4 January 1910 at Bordeaux, Peltier left aviation forever.

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