Edith Maud Cook

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Birthday
1, 1878
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 14, 1910 (31)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
1, 1878
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 14, 1910 (31)

About

Hot air balloon operator and parachutist who became the first Englishwoman to fly a plane. During her ten-year aviation career, she made several hundred parachute jumps.

Before Fame

She nearly perished during a 1908 parachute leap. She perished two years later in a similar accident near Coventry, England.

Trivia

During her aviation career, she was known by numerous pseudonyms, including Viola Spencer-Kavanagh and Viola Fleet.

Family Life

She grew up in Ipswich, Suffolk, England as the daughter of Mary Ann Baker and James Wells Cook.

Associated With

She was a flying pupil of French aviator Louis Bleriot.