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Seeking information on Edith Maud Cook

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 10:44 am
by GemLThompson
Hello everyone,
I'm researching a book on Edith Maud Cook who was the first British woman to fly, and I'm specifically curious to know if anyone knows of her flying at any meetings between January and July 1910. I came across a news article from May 1910 yesterday that stated she had "gained experience at several meetings on the Continent". Might she have have flown non competitively?
She was studying at Bleriot's school at Pau under the name Viola Spencer-Kavanagh.
By the way, fantastic site, I got lost looking at all the meetings yesterday, you have so much information here!
Thanks ever so

Re: Seeking information on Edith Maud Cook

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:34 pm
by Anders
That's an interesting project!

I made a quick search in the 1910 aviation magazines that I have access to in digital format. It seems that "Miss Spencer" or "Miss Spencer-Kavanagh" disappeared from their pages around the end of March 1910. This was around the start of the 1910 meeting season, with the meetings in Cannes, Biarritz, Niort and La Crau all starting on 27 March. Before that, there was some coverage about her practising on Blériots, apparently beginning at the Blériot school in Pau in mid-December 1909, then continuing at the flying school of Claude Grahame-White, also in Pau. I can provide you with the texts, if you want.

Since our coverage of the 1910 meetings has almost reached the date of her untimely death I think I can say with some confidence that she didn't fly at any of the European meetings of 1910. She might of course very well have attended as a spectator, though.

Thanks for the nice words about the site!

Re: Seeking information on Edith Maud Cook

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:30 am
by GemLThompson
Dear Anders,

Firstly, thank you so much for replying, you wouldn't believe how many people haven't!
Secondly, I would absolutely love digital copies of anything you have that mentions her. Sometimes the smallest bits of information can help tie a bit of the tale together, and the people around her all have fascinating aspects that should be weaved in.
I have to say I think I'm still going to place her in a couple of meetings in the book, as I want to share just how extraordinary these events were. Your site has given me so much feel and flavour of them as well as the detail so like a delicious dish I want lots of other people to take a bite too! If it ever gets published you will of course be credited.
Thanks again for your help :D