Suzanne Bernard
Suzanne Bernard
Suzanne Bernard was a Frenchwoman, killed in a crash during flight training. Probably the second woman to die in a crash. If you are interested, I can dig up more data. About age 20 at death.
Photo and caption via email from Dave Lam, 1-7-04

Suzanne Bernard
She actually crashed and died on 10 March 1912, just a few months short of her 20th Birthday. Second woman to die in heavier-than-air aviation, and at the time of her death was considered to be the youngest female aviator in France
Photo and caption via email from Dave Lam, 1-8-04

French Girl Killed When Air Craft Falls
Was undergoing Test for Pilot's License - Falls 200 Feet
The Daily Times
Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 11, 1912,

Transcribed by Bob Davis - 8-13-04
Etampes, France, March 10
     Suzanne Bernard, a 19-year-old aviator, was killed here today while undergoing examination for a pilot's license. She had successfully passed most of the tests when in an attempting a sharp turn to the right the machine was caught by an eddy and capsized. It fell 200 feet and the woman was crushed beneath the motor.

Suzanne Bernard
Suzanne Bernard
Suzanne Bernard
Unforgettable Souvenir
Miss Suzanne Bernard,
Pilot died at
Etampes 12 March

Photos & translation from Dave Lam, 10-7-05

     If you search for "Suzanne Bernard +aviation", using the Google search engine, (1-8-04), you will find about 19 links. One of them, which was suggested by Dave Lam, is the following.
Crash de Suzanne Bernard
     This page offers images of two postcards, one of which you have seen at the top of this page. In addition, if you can read French, you will find that the messages on both cards are reproduced. If you need a translation into English, you can access it driectly from the entry on Google. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Suzanne Bernard crashed and died on 10 March 1912,
just a few months short of her 20th Birthday.
Personal communication from Dave Lam, 1-8-04
If you have any information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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