Who Was The First Woman Skydiver?

1799: French woman, Jeanne-Genevieve Garnerin descended from a hydrogen balloon from altitude of nearly 3,000 ft (900m) becoming the first woman parachutist.


1910: German woman Katharina Paulus invented the first collapsible parachute that was worn in a package on the backs of aeronats. She was also the first woman to parachute from a hot air balloon.


1913: Georgina Anne Thompson became the first woman to parachute from an airplane. She exited from a trap-door seat from an altitude of 2,000 feet above the ground. Her silk parachute was deployed by a string attached to the fuselage of the plane. Known also "Tiny" Georgina became the fist woman to survive free-fall when the static line to the plane failed and she cut herself free and later pulled the parachute out by the remaining string still attached to her. This subsequently became the idea for the parachute ripcord.



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