1st Woman Airplane Designer

Wed, Jul 22, 2020 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Presenter: Kirsten W. Larson

In 1910, self-taught engineer Emma Lilian Todd became the first woman to design a working airplane when her biplane successfully soared over the Hempstead Plains in New York. Author Kirsten W. Larson shares the life and work of this early aviation pioneer. From a child who turned trash into useful inventions to a woman who saw the Wright Flyer and believed she could build something better, learn about a woman who’s been largely lost to history — until now.

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