Friday, March 02, 2007


The Girl Hawk

I'm pretty sure that Brass Goggles has just pointed out a new crewmember for The Great Crosstime Airship Race, my as-yet-unwritten steampunk multiversal answer to Those Daring Young Men in their Flying Machines that I've mentioned a time or two: Hélène Dutrieu!

Ms Hélène Dutrieu was a Belgian (and later French) speed cyclist, stunt cyclist, stunt motorcyclist(!), automobile racer, stunt driver(!!), wartime ambulance driver, director of a military hospital, journalist and world famous pioneering aviatrix, known as “Girl Hawk”.
More about Mme Dutrieu here and here.

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