Jeanne Pallier
Jeanne Pallier
Contributed by Dave Lam, 2-24-11

Contributed by Dave Lam, 2-24-11
     On 6th September 1912, she received French pilot's licence number 1012 and on that day was probably the FIRST woman pilot to fly over Paris in a Nieuport-Astra. She was 48 years old when she earned her licence which may have made her one of the oldest of the women pioneer pilots at the time. She has also been credited with the FIRST all-female flight when she carried Madame Duchange in her aircraft prior to January 1913.
     Pallier is well-known. She never really did much more of note, and stopped flying when the War started. She apparently never started up again.

Second International Flying Week
excerpt from
from the Hungarian Wikipedia
Translated by Julianna Grant
       The greatest aviation sensation of the year 1913 was the second International Flying Week which was held in Aspern, near Vienna between 15th and 17th June. Preparations were on the way a week before, the grandstands were decorated, but most importantly the pilots arrived early and started to put together their aeroplanes. A sum total of 140,000 crowns were distributed amongst the participants. For the first time two lady pilots also took part in the contest: Madame Pallier, representing France and Lilly Steinschneider in Austrian colours. In 1913, at the St. Stephen's Day aviation race in Pest, held at the rákosi airfield, Lilly was very successful to the great satisfaction of the spectators present. On landing she hit a sand bar and her machine was damaged, but she got out and left totally uninjured. According to the official results of the race, the young lady pilot won the speed event, came second in the continuous flying race (6 minutes and 15 seconds), and in the event of the total time spent in the air (10 minutes 7 seconds).

     If you search for "Jeanne Pallier" +aviation, using the Google search engine, (4-1-11), you will find about 104 links. Most of them are in French, but usually it is possible to obtain a translated version. Perhaps one of the most helpful in Elglish is the following.

     This website has several entries which provide at least some valuable information regarding the career of this pioneer aviator.

Before Amelia
Women Pilots in the Early
Days of Aviation
Eileen F. Lebow
Product Details
Cloth: 315 pages; 6x9 inches
List Price: $26.95
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ISBN: 1574884824
Before Amelia is the remarkable story of the world's women pioneer aviators who braved the skies during the early days of flight. While most books have only examined the women aviators of a single country, Eileen Lebow looks at an international spectrum of pilots and their influence on each other. The story begins with Raymonde de Laroche, a French woman, who became the first licensed female pilot in 1909. De Laroche, Lydia Zvereva, Melli Beese, Hilda Hewlitt, Harriet Quimby, Jeanne Pallier, and the other women pilots profiled here rose above contemporary gender stereotypes and proved their ability to fly the temperamental heavier-than-air contraptions of the day.
Lebow provides excellent descriptions of the dangers and challenges of early flight. Crashes and broken bones were common, and many of the pioneers lost their lives. But these women were adventurers at heart. In an era when women's professional options were severely limited and the mere sight of ladies wearing pants caused a sensation, these women succeeded as pilots, flight instructors, airplane designers, stunt performers, and promoters. This book fills a large void in the history of the first two decades of flight
About The Author:
Eileen F. Lebow is an author and former teacher. Her previous books include Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight and A Grandstand Seat: The Army Balloon Corps in World War I. She lives in Washington, D.C.
     This book has almost six pages of information on Bernetta Miller and includes a nice photo of her with her plane. The coverage of the many other pioneer women aviators is excellent. It deserves to be in the library of anyone who is interested in these remarkable women. For more information and to order, go to the publisher's homepage by clicking on:
Brassey's Inc.

Jeanne Pallier died on March 6, 1939 in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne
from "urzeit" The Aerodrome Forum
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