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Mdm Marie-Louise Martin-Driancourt

Aircraft like those flown in the early days of aviation are today considered ultra-lights and do not need a license, but in 1911, it was a dangerous business and more so for a woman to fly. I found this interesting.

Madame Marie-Louise Driancourt (nee Martin) was born in Lyon on 17 December
1887, she died on 6 November 1914.

She obtained her pilot's licence in 1911, at Caudron brothers piloting school in RUE on the coast near Le Touquet in the north of France. Awarded certificate No.525, she was the fifth French woman to obtain a pilot's licence. Mme Driancourt took part in several air meets including at Juvisy, Troyes, Toulon and Rheims, between 1911 and the beginning of 1914. She also took part in the Paris-Madrid Air Race won by Jules Védrines on 26 May 1911. In March 1914 she suffered a very serious accident which would result in her death in November.

An earlier accident destroyed half her aeroplane, and grounded her for some time. The apparatus was rebuilt and she took up her flying activities again, until March 1914.

Unfortunately, there exists very few mementos of Marie Louise Driancourt, in fact, at that time, very few women dared to pilot a dangerous machine like an aeroplane. This was very badly perceived by the family of her late husband and the majority of her photographs and newspaper articles were destroyed.


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