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Jean Batten, all around badass, pilot of first solo flight from England to NZ #FilmHerStory http://t.co/l3oNH1fTIQ

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“beryl markham! aviator, adventurer, author, 1st woman to fly solo across the atlantic from E to W #FilmHerStory”

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The Daredevil Gal Pals Who Conquered the Sky

Matilde Moisant and Harriet Quimby were by all outward appearances proper Edwardian ladies. But looks can be deceiving. For one brilliant year in the early 1900s, these pioneering aviatrixes streaked across the sky together, becoming national heroes and media darlings—until tragedy grounded them permanently.

Beryl Markham ~ 1930's African Bush Pilot.

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Beryl Markham, british born Kenyan pilot and adventuress

Africa is mystic; it is wild... It withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just "home". ~Beryl Markham | Photo: Congo River

West with the Night, by Beryl Markham. Expat Brit raised in Africa, accomplished equestrian, bush pilot and then record breaking solo woman pilot. A fascinating woman and a great writer!

“To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told -- that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” ~Beryl Markham, West with the Night