Preparing to fly across the English Channel

PreparationsHarriet Quimby and her party arriving at the airfield in Dover, England for her flight across the English Channel.

PreparationsHarriet Quimby as she prepares for take off from Dover, England early on the morning on April 16, 1912. Notice she is wearing her “good luck charm” necklace.


Harriet receives assistance as she prepares to board her plane and begin her flight. Her preparation included tying a hot water bottle to her stomach to help keep her warm in her open cockpit Bleriot monoplane.

PreparationsGustav Hamel gives Harriet final advice before she takes off on her flight across the English Channel.