Adrienne Bolland

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Adrienne Bolland in 1921

Adrienne Bolland (born November 25, 1895 in Arcueil , † March 18, 1975 in Paris ) was a French aviator and test pilot .


For the French aircraft manufacturer Caudron , she flew on April 1, 1921 in a Caudron G-III from Mendoza (Argentina) to Santiago de Chile over the Andes in 4 hours and 17 minutes . She was the first woman to fly solo over the Andes. When she landed in Santiago 10 hours after the start of the flight, she was received by many enthusiastic people, but not by the French consul, who had believed the company was an April Fool's joke .

Besides, she was

  • the first woman to be employed as a pilot by the aircraft construction company Caudron (February 1920)
  • the second woman to cross the English Channel by plane (August 25, 1920)
  • Owner of a looping record with 212 loops in 73 minutes (1924)

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