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1955. ^[[Jan 16, 1955]]

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Capt. Jane Herveux, an Early Pilot Dies;
'First' Woman to Solo Taught Police Here


LONDON, Jan. 15 (UP)-Capt. Jane Herveaux, who was said to have been the first woman* to make a solo flight in an airplane, died in a hospital here today. Her age was 65.

She is survived by her husband, Philip Catalano, an American citizen residing in London who escaped with her from Paris in World War II to join the Free French under Gen. Charles de Gaule.

Captain Herveux took her first flying lessons as a French schoolgirl from the French aviation pioneer Georges Bleriot, the first man to fly the English Channel. She soloed in 1909.

One of the early teachers of the late Amelia Earhart, she also gave instructions to pilots of the New York Police Department's air squadron in the Nineteen Twenteis. Captain Herveux was an honorary New York Police Force captain.

During World War I, she served as a captain in the Women's branch of the French Army. She was attached to the 472d French Air Squadron.

Captain Herveux had been ill for four years with paralysis of her right side. She was hospitalized nine months ago after a fall at her home.

[[image - black & white photograph of Jane Herveux, with flying hat and goggles]]

[[caption]]Capt. Jane Herveux in 1919[[/caption]
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