German pilot Elly Beinhorn dies, aged 100
Friday, November 30, 2007
Beinhorn was born Elly Beinhorn-Rosemeyer on May 30, 1907 in Hanover, Germany. In 1928, Beinhorn attended a lecture by famed aviator Hermann Köhl, who had recently completed a historic East-West Atlantic crossing. This lecture is described as the spark that ignited her interest in aviation.
At age 21, Beinhorn had a little money from an inheritance and against the wishes of her parents moved to Spandau in Berlin and learnt to fly at Berlin-Staaken airport under the tutelage of instructor Otto Thomsen. She had soon learnt to fly solo in a small Klemm KL-20, but her money was running out, so it was suggested she give aerobatic displays at weekends; financially rewarding, but personally unsatisfying.
Beinhorn is survived by her daughter Stephanie.
- "Luftpionierin Elly Beinhorn gestorben" — , December 1, 2007 (German)
- "Elly Beinhorn gestorben" — , November 30, 2007 (German)