Adrienne Bolland was born in Arcueil, France back in 1895. While I don’t have any information about her parents or early childhood from what I read she developed an independent and assertive streak in her childhood. In her family, she was known as “the little terror.” Later on, in life she described herself “No one could change my mind, I won’t give up, I won’t give in.”
Apparently, she was a hard drinker and gambler. She lost all of her money at a race track and had to get a job. She worked for Caudron, France’s first airplane manufacturer. Two months after signing up she earned her pilot’s license. Her fiery kept her grounded as if anyone would disagree with her, she was known to sometimes physically attack them. It was her job to deliver and pick up planes. However, what she did in 1921, would forever put her in the history books. She died in Paris in 1975 at 79.
What you may not know about Adrienne is that the flight in 1921, well she was the first woman to fly over the Andes between Chile and Argentina. For that flight, she was awarded the Legion of Honor. She also set a record that as far as I can tell hasn’t been broken. She did 212 loops in an 18-hour race with 10 other men around France.
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile