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tmb beryl markhamBeryl Markham (née Clutterbuck; October 25, 1902 – August 3, 1986) was an English-born Kenyan aviator (one of the first bush pilots), adventurer, racehorse trainer and author.

She was the first person to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic from east to west. She wrote about her adventures in her memoir, "West with the Night", now out of print.

When Markham decided to take on the Atlantic crossing, no female pilot had yet flown non-stop from Europe to New York, and no woman had made the westward flight solo, though several had died trying. Markham hoped to claim both records.

tmb percival vega gullOn September 4, 1936, she took off from Abingdon, southern England. After a 20-hour flight, her Vega Gull, The Messenger, suffered fuel starvation due to icing of the fuel tank vents, and she crash-landed at Baleine Cove on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

She became the first person to make it from England to North America non-stop from east to west and was celebrated as an aviation pioneer. (percival-vega-gull.jpg)

(Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl_Markham)

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