women in aviation and space history

Therese Peltier

Therese Peltier
NASM-2002-14084
National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Therese Peltier

Early Flight (107)

Therese Peltier, a talented sculptor, became the first woman to fly as a passenger in a heavier-than-air craft. On July 8, 1908 she made a flight of 200 meters (656 feet) with Leon Delagrance in Milan, Italy. She subsequently made several solo flights in a Voisin biplane but did not pursue a flying career. On her flight at the Military Square at Turin, she flew for two minutes and traversed a distance of 200 meters (656 feet) at an elevation of seven feet.

(information compiled by D. Cochrane and P. Ramirez)