Aviation pioneer Helen Dutrieu

L'aérodrome de Hyères le Palyvestre a fêté en 2011 le centenaire de l'atterrissage d'une des pionnières de l'aviation : Hélène Dutrieu. Femme d'exception pour son temps, femme de talent par ses exploits.

Helen Dutrieu (DR)

dutrieu-archeo-hyeresOriginally from Belgium, born July 10, 1877, she left school at 14 and began to earn his living. His unusual career demonstrates an exceptional woman. Become a professional runner, she broke the hour record in track cycling in 1895 and then in 1897 and 1898, she won the world championships of track cycling at Ostend in Belgium, and acquired the nickname the "human arrow". After his sports performances, she uses her skills to give performances in shows. In 1908, Helen is approached by Dutrieu Clement Bayard to become a test pilot aircraft in France. In September 1910, flying nonstop from Ostend to Bruges, Belgium, it acquired a worldwide reputation. On 25 November 1910, she became the first aviator patented in Belgium and one in the world, the first being Elise Deroche, a French woman. She received the first patent awarded to a Belgian air with wife number 27. During his second year as an aviator, she narrowly escaped death twice. She visited the U.S. in 1911 and made his American debut at the meeting of the Nassau Aviation Boulevard. Back in Europe, Helena Dutrieu Femina Cup wins by landing on the airfield at Hyères on Palyvestre. His exploits continue across Europe, rivaling the best aviators of the time. In 1913, the French government awarded Dutrieu Legion of Honor for his feats. When the first world war, it has already stopped flying to become an ambulance driver. At the request of General in February she became head of ambulances Messimer Hospital, before becoming director of the field hospital of Val de Grace. After the war she became a journalist and married.

1911, Atterrissage sur l'aérodrome du Palyvestre (DR)

Son avion (DR)

archeo-hyeres-dutrieuIn 1911, Helen won the cup Dutrieu "Femina" with his Farman biplane after a flight of 38 minutes. Cette carte postale prise sur l'aérodrome du Palyvestre est un des rares témoignages de l'exploit accompli par cette aviatrice de renom. This postcard was taken on the airfield Palyvestre is a rare testimony of the feat accomplished by this famous aviator. 

Her plane type Farman

archeo-hyeres-dutrieuThe aircraft Helen Dutrieu, type Farman, nicknamed "Antoinette". 

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