I had first encountered Beryl Markham in that remarkable book about Isak Dinesen by Judith Thurman. In it, she recounts the final flight of Denys and of how Beryl’s flight instructor at the time begged her to not fly with him, having a rotten feeling about the whole thing. She wasn’t the type to give up a jaunt but in this case she did and saved her own life.
It was near this date in 1936, however, that she made her own amazing flight. “Markham had become the first woman to cross the Atlantic east-to-west solo, and the first person to make it from England to North America non-stop. She was celebrated as an aviation pioneer.”
One hell of a thing…she was quite against type for the day. She notes in her own book that she was practically raised wild by the natives in BEA. I am confident she drew on the strength of those days in that long, lonely flight…and no doubt missed that African heat.
An amazing journey…