Femina Cup (Aviation)

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The Coupe Femina was an award of 2000 francs established in 1910 by Pierre Lafitte the publisher of French women's magazine "Femina" to honour women pilots. It was a French challenge opened to Aviatrices only. It was awarded to the woman who, by sunset on 31 December each year, had made the longest flight, in time and distance, without landing. It is often difficult to determine who the official winner was, since each temporary leader (e.g. Marie Marvingt in 1910) was referred to in several contemporary records as having "won" the cup, only to be superseded by the next temporary record. Thus, in various documents, there are several "winners" recorded for each year, but the formal winners were announced in Femina Magazine. It was first formally awarded to Belgian pilot Hélène Dutrieu on 31 December 1910 for her record-breaking non-stop flight. She won it again for the second time in 1911.

NOTE: There was also a "Coupe Femina" for Women's Golf, in this same time period.

Winners of the Coupe Femina[edit]

There was no Coupe Femina Competition in 1912.

  • Raymonde de Laroche - 25 November 1913 for a non-stop long-distance flight of over 4 hours duration.

The Five Editions of the Femina Cup[edit]

Year Aviatrices Place Distance Duration of flight Day
1910 Hélène Dutrieu
Marie Marvingt
167,2 km
42 km
53 minutes
22 December
27 November
1911 Hélène Dutrieu
Jane Herveu
Marie Marvingt
Étampes 31 December 2011[1]
  1. ^ Femina 1 Feb 1912
1912 Marie Marvingt
1913 Elise Deroche