Hélène Dutrieu (10 July 1877 – 26 June 1961), was a cycling world champion, stunt cyclist, stunt motorcyclist, automobile racer, stunt driver, pioneer aviator, wartime ambulance driver, and director of a military hospital.
Wilbur Wright and Edith (Mrs. Hart O.) Berg seated in an Wright Aircraft. Mrs. Berg became Wilbur's first woman passenger when they flew for two minutes at Auvours, France on October 7, 1908. Note Mrs. Berg's skirt tied with cord below the knees.
Hélène Dutrieu, September, 1911. Dutrieu was known as the "girl hawk" of aviation because she was the most daring and accomplished woman pilot of her time. In November, 1910, she became the first Belgian woman to receive a pilot license. She went on to set many records. In 1913, the French government awarded her the Legion of Honor for her achievements. Here she is pictured at the controls of her Farman (Henry) 1910 Baby. NASM-73-4023