Adrienne Bolland

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Talk about a ball-of-fire that had a definitive opinion. You found her. Enjoy your day!

Mar 25, 2019 03:41 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another assertive woman setting the pace and creating a challenge for all to meet....

Mar 25, 2019 03:43 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I say this with respect:  it seems like Adrienne was a "broad" who knew what she wanted and went for it.  Good for her.

Mar 25, 2019 03:48 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James -  imagine.  That was scary and she need to be fiery.

Mar 25, 2019 04:43 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I wonder if the better half is related somehow!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 25, 2019 04:55 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

It appears Adrienne was true to her self since she was little..fiery with a very assertive nature! Thanks for the tidbit today of history.

Mar 25, 2019 05:24 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I can't believe there isn't a movie about her James Dray . She sounds like she was quite a character.

Mar 25, 2019 05:45 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Wow, 212 loops around France is a real achievement back in the day James Dray 

Mar 25, 2019 05:59 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The thought of doing 212 loops make me extremely dizzy just thinking about it.

Mar 25, 2019 07:10 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Ummmm, flying and drinking don't usually go together.

Mar 25, 2019 07:27 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - It sounds like Adrienne had that perfect personality to fit in and  fly with the boys. 

Mar 25, 2019 07:56 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story.  The legion d'honneur is a prestigious award in France.  In our travels to France, those who have been awarded it are treated with great respect.  A

Mar 25, 2019 07:59 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- she sounds like a little pistol!!!

Mar 25, 2019 11:38 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

It sounds like Adrienne  was quite the character, who marched, and flew, to the beat of her own drum, and did it all her way, like it or not.


Mar 25, 2019 12:18 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, I always loved pioneers in any field and the more I read your posts the more I realize how many Women were Pioneers but did not get the credit that was due to them, Endre

Mar 25, 2019 10:57 PM #15
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