Maryse Bastie Takes To The Air

December 30, 1936 Maryse Bastie flew from Dakar, Senegal to Natal, Brazil in 12 hours, 5 minutes. She was the first woman to fly solo across the south Atlantic. In 1931, she had won the Harmon Trophy as the world’s most distinguished aviatrix.  She owned a flying school at Orly Airport. and served in the French Air Force reaching the rank of Captain, logging over 3000 hours of flight time.