The Speed Queen


In this first instalment of our new series on women involved in flying, Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of French aviatrix Jacqueline Auriol

Photographed with Dassault Mystère IVN F-ZXRM/01, in which she broke the women’s world speed record (Class C-1) on May 31, 1955, Jacqueline Auriol had much to look pleased about. The Mystère IVN was a one-off development aircraft for a proposed all-weather interceptor, which did not enter production. JB VIA MALCOLM V LOWE

It has often been true that the successes and achievements of female aviators, and sometimes their male counterparts, are overshadowed by the fame achieved by individual aircraft types. Nevertheless, throughout the history of aviation, women pilots and aircrew have contributed much to the world of flight, sometimes in war, and frequently in peacetime.

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