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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 1, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
Credit: Reilly

From Wiki:

A historical marker has been erected near the now abandoned farmhouse in Arcadia, Michigan where Quimby was born. After her family moved to San Francisco, California in the early 1900s, she became a journalist. She moved to New York City in 1903 to work as a theater critic for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly and more than 250 of her articles were published over a nine-year period.

She became interested in aviation in 1910, when she attended the Belmont Park International Aviation Tournament on Long Island, New York and met John Moisant, a well-known American aviator and operator of a flight school, and his sister Matilde Moisant.

On August 1, 1911, Quimby took her pilot's test and became the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate. Matilde Moisant soon followed and became the nation's second certified female pilot.[1]

Hollywood[edit]

In 1911 Quimby authored seven screenplays or scenarios that were made into silent film shorts by Biograph Studios. All seven were directed by director D. W. Griffith. Stars in her films included Florence La Badie, Wilfred Lucas, and Blanche Sweet. Quimby had a small acting role in one movie.[2]

Vin Fiz[edit]

The Vin Fiz Company, a division of Armour Meat Packing Plant of Chicago, recruited Harriet as the spokesperson for the new grape soda, Vin Fiz, after the death of Calbraith Perry Rodgers in April 1912. Her distinctive purple aviatrix uniform and image graced many of the advertising pieces of the day.[3]

English Channel[edit]

On April 16, 1912, Quimby took off from Dover, England, en route to Calais, France and made the flight in 59 minutes, landing about 25 miles (40 km) from Calais on a beach in Hardelot-Plage, Pas-de-Calais. She had become the first woman to pilot an aircraft across the English Channel.[4]

Her accomplishment received little media attention, however, as the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15 (the day before) consumed the interest of the public and filled newspapers.[5]

Death[edit]

On July 1, 1912 Quimby flew in the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet at Squantum, Massachusetts. Ironically, although she had obtained her ACA certificate to be allowed to participate in ACA events, the Boston meet was an unsanctioned contest. Quimby flew out to Boston Light in Boston Harbor at about 3000 feet, and then returned and circled the airfield.[6] William Willard, the organizer of the event and father of the aviator Charles Willard, was a passenger in her brand-new two-seat Bleriot monoplane. At an altitude of 1,500 feet (460 m)[7] the aircraft unexpectedly pitched forward for reasons still unknown. Both Willard and Quimby were ejected from their seats and fell to their deaths, while the plane "glided down and lodged itself in the mud".[8]

Harriet Quimby was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York. The following year her remains were moved to the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's restored and flyable Anzani-powered Blériot XI, which bears the Blériot factory's serial number 56, and the still-current registration number N60094, could be the aircraft that Quimby was flying in 1912 during the Boston Aviation Meet.[citation needed]

The previously wrecked aircraft that now is flown at Old Rhinebeck was found stored in a barn in Laconia, New Hampshire in the 1960s and fully restored to flying condition, most likely by Cole Palen, ORA's founder.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 1, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
Just another day... having fun in the sun!
Just another day... having fun in the sun!
Credit: ElCapPirate
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Aug 15, 2013 - 07:49am PT



Police examine stuntman death video


perswig

climber
Aug 15, 2013 - 08:09am PT
Reilly, your photo brought to mind Beryl Markham as well. Just found and gave as a gift 'West with the Night' and now have to dig up my old copy and re-read it.

Dale
squishy

Mountain climber
Aug 17, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 17, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
Pers, West With The Night is so much more than a book about flying. It is a literary work.
Markham writes brilliantly, touchingly, and poetically. She was also probably twice the pilot that Earhart was, at the least.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Aug 17, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
a WWII B-29 has just been found melting out of a glacier
perswig

climber
Aug 18, 2013 - 07:28am PT
Agree, Reilly, hence my need to find my old copy (I think it's out of print, so always happy to find one to pass on).

The book resonates in ways much like Karen Blixen's little tale of growing coffee. "I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills...".
Very powerful women, both. I read, and am in awe.

Dale
squishy

Mountain climber
Aug 19, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
BAM! this one is better.
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Aug 19, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
RE: Sutton (Olympic James Bond)

One experienced instructor, who did not wish to be named, said the "responsible and very calculated" jumper [Sutton] appeared to have miscalculated the gradient of the ground he was flying over, meaning he hit the ridge as the land flattened out.

I've not BASE jumped or used a wingsuit or even had much freefall experience. But a question for all of you who do this wingsuit flying:


In your opinion, did Sutton just see the ground oozing up at him while he skimmed @ 125 MPH and then realized that his angle of attack was greater than the downslope of the mountain he was flying over and then he just tried to ride it out to steeper terrain?

Or is this something that he could have averted with an early parachute deployment, if the ground closure rate is even noticeable at a safe altitude?


This whole thing just sends shivers up my spine.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Aug 19, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Have been watching this video and thinking about Mario. A lot of this is from Arco, where he was flying:

http://vimeo.com/69609334

Sure shows the attraction (and danger) of doing this.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Aug 20, 2013 - 03:45am PT
Very sorry to hear about Mario...


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Mostly @ Travis:

Here is a video someone posted on face book.
I watched it and I saw an incident/close call.
It so closely resembled the particulars of a story I heard that I asked the OP if it was the person I had heard the story from. It turned out that yes indeed it was.
Story being, that my friend Simon had done a jump (don't know proper term?) where the skydivers were making formations together. They separated in preparation for their opening. Simon said he got away from this one guy but he pulled way to early and he did not have time to fully clear away. The other guy's chute opened right below him and he sailed right through the guys line set. Simon told me that he was very lucky and almost took his ear off. His ear was extremely sore but it didn't get cut off, however at that speed it was a matter of millimeters that he didn't get his ear taken off. If it had been centimeters then there was a good likely hood of something much more serious than simply an ear amputation.
The incident happens @ about 4.15/4.20 into it.
Reaper Cam

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Whoa...
Whoa...
Credit: TrundleBum
squishy

Mountain climber
Aug 23, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
^ that is insane, WOW!

I saw this today, Brazil is using the Sarah Palin method of catching criminals now:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6f9_1377279333
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 23, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
http://vimeo.com/31549908#
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 25, 2013 - 03:17am PT

Precious Seconds!!!
Precious Seconds!!!
Credit: ElCapPirate

snakefoot

climber
cali
Aug 27, 2013 - 11:14am PT
just a day among friends
jay, jimmy T and Matty
jay, jimmy T and Matty
Credit: snakefoot

rich swoopin the pond
rich swoopin the pond
Credit: snakefoot

sunset swoopin
sunset swoopin
Credit: snakefoot
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 1, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
Klimmer

Mountain climber
Sep 1, 2013 - 02:26pm PT

Birdmen: The Original Dream of Flight
http://www.birdmenthemovie.com/home/


You can watch it on NetFlix. Really good. Goes into pretty good detail on the history of BASE, especially wingsuit flying. Enjoyed it.

http://www.youtube.com/movie/birdmen-the-original-dream-of-flight
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Sep 1, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
klimmer good call birdman is a great flick!
i love how they cruise!
i'll stick to skydive until i have the money to buy one of those suits.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Sep 1, 2013 - 06:26pm PT

Mario and I flying around in the Fisher's:

http://vimeo.com/24942389
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