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Beryl Markham was a famous aviator who was accredited for being the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean from East to West, and the first person to fly solo from England to North America. This trip also sparked her to write a book about her adventure, called West with the Night.
This photograph was likely taken on September 1936, shortly after her transatlantic flight. The injury to her head was from a forced landing in Nova Scotia on September 5, 1936. The airplane next to Markham is a Beech Staggerwing C-17B, not the Percival Vega Gull she used for her transatlantic flight. The airplane in the photograph belonged to the O.J. Whitney Flying Service of New York.
About This Item
- Title: Beryl Markham, 1936
- Creation Date: 1936
- Subject Date: 1936
- State: ME
- Media: glass negative
- Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.85
- Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
- Object Type: Image
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