|October 26, 1902
|Beryl Markham age
|118 YEARS OLD
|Aug 3, 1986 (age 83)
Renowned aviator and author who was the first woman to fly an east-to-west solo route across the Atlantic Ocean.
Her affair with British pilot Tom Campbell Black inspired her to become an aviator.
Her famous memoir, "West with the Night," details her childhood in Kenya and her early experiences as a bush pilot.
She moved with her family from England to Kenya when she was four years old.
Her novel lay forgotten until 1982, when a reader discovered a reference to it in one of Ernest Hemingway's letters.