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French Hélène BOUCHER

French aviator

Source :  Benoit MAURY

Born: on May 23, 1908 in Paris, France
Died: on November 30, 1934 in Guyancourt, France


Boucher was pupil of Michel Detroyat.

The young stunt pilot became one of the most popular attractions on flight shows in France and abroad. The company Renault took her temporarily under contract in order to promote the new Viva Grand Sport. She died at an early age of 26 on a testflight near Versailles when the machine crashed into the woods of Guyancourt. She was the first woman buried at Les Invalides. The press and others claimed Detroyat to be responsible for her death, spurring a "young, innocent girl" to such a "dangerous sport". She was posthumously dubbed to knight of the Légion d'honneur.

In 1934, she flew the speed record over 100 km (485 km/h on average) and became thus the "quickest woman of the world". She held the altitude record with 5,200 metres and eight other world records. She held this record for another 32 years.

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