Julia Clark
Julia Clark
Julia Clark
Contributed by Mike Schulz, 12-12-10

Julia Clark
Julia Clark
Collection of Dave Lam, 2-11-05

Julia Clark
M. Kondo (Japan), Kearny, McClaskey, Fish, Julia Clark
J. D. Spalding, John Callan & T. Gunn
Coronado Polo Field - April 7, 1912
From WALDO: Pioneer Aviator

Carl T. Sjolander
(L to R): Barlow, Kaminski, Smith, Davis, Russell, Singh,
Callan, Clark, Dunlap, Takeshi - May, 1912
US Naval Historical Center, collections of T.G. Ellyson and J. L. Callan
From WALDO: Pioneer Aviator

Air-Woman is Killed; Mrs. Julia Clark Falls with Biplane. Wing Strikes Tree and Machine Topples.
Second Female Aviator to be Killed
Accident in Fair Grounds at Springfield, Ill. - Practice Flight
The Daily Times
Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 18, 1912,

Transcribed by Bob Davis - 8-13-04
Springfield, Ill., June 17
     Mrs. Julia Clark, one of the three licensed woman aviators in the United States, was killed in a fall here this afternoon, when a tip of a wing on her biplane struck a tree and the machine crashed to the ground. Admittedly unprepared for exhibition flights, she had contracted to make here Friday and Saturday, the young woman was trying out her machine in the race track enclosure at the fair grounds. But few persons watched her as she guided the machine from the ground and started her spin at low altitude. Whether she lost control or whether it was a case of mistaken judgement which caused the machine to go close to the tree has not been explained. The end of a wing struck the tree, the machine toppled and crashed to the ground. The young woman's skull was fractured, and she died soon after reaching a hospital, to which she was rushed in an automobile.
     Decisions of Milwaukee authorities were partly responsible for Mrs. Clark not having any recent practice. She had intended to make a flight there two weeks ago, but they refused to allow her to go up because it was deemed her machine was unsafe. It had been a month since she had made a flight, but she nevertheless felt confidence in her ability to fill her contract here. She had arranged for a two weeks practice at the Chicago field after her proposed flights here Friday and Saturday.
     Mrs. Clark was a native of London, and, it is said, married Mr. Clark soon after arriving in America. It is said she had not been living with her husband for some time. She resided for some time in Chicago, but recently had been making her headquarters in Denver, to which city the body will be shipped.
     Mrs. Clark is the second woman to be killed in aeroplane accidents. The other was Miss Susanne Bernard, who lost her life at the Farman school at Pau, France, about two months ago.

     There are several sites on the net who speak of Julia Clark. However, none of them tell very much of her story. Most agree that she soloed in 1911 and died in a crash two years later. One mentions that she was the third woman in America to get her license.
     If you want to visit the sites, just enter "Julia Clark" in the Google search engine. Good Luck.

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Women Pilots in the Early
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Email from Baylor Gibson

     Julia Clark was the third woman in America to get her pilot's license. (May 19,1912)
     She was also the first woman in America to die in a plane crash. (June 17,1912) She decided to take a solo flight at dusk. During takeoff, she clipped one of the plane's wings on a tree. The plane crashed,pinning her beneath the wreckage.
     Sorry I don't know more, but I'm searching for information as well.

  1912 - At an air show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Julia Clark, 26, became the first woman in America to die in a flying accident in the United States and only the second woman air fatality in the world.
From the archives of The Illinois State Fair.
Courtesy of Dale Summers

Corrections via email from Dave Lam, 8-16-04
You quote without comment the "fact " that she was the second woman to die in a crash. Not true-- You ignore Denise Moore, who was the first. Clark was the third.

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this Early Bird,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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