It was a scandal that she didn’t wear a corset while flying:
Hélène Dutrieu (10 July 1877 – 26 June 1961), shown here in her aeroplane ca. 1911, was the fourth woman in the world, and the first from Belgium, to earn a pilot’s license and reputedly the first woman to carry passengers and to fly a seaplane. Besides being a pilot, she was a cycling world champion, stunt cyclist, stunt motorcyclist, automobile racer, wartime ambulance driver, and director of a military hospital. After WWI she became a journalist.
Nicknames: The Human Arrow, Girl Hawk
Photo credit: Bain News Service