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First woman to fly in the Orient, making a six months tour in Japan and China, 1916-1917. During World War I, on behalf on the American Red Cross, Katherine Stinson flew from Buffalo to Rochester to Syracuse to Albany to New York to Philadelphia to Washington, completing her flight June 25, 1917. Interest in her flight assisted in raising 100 million dollars for the Red Cross. Later in the war she went to France as an ambulance driver. First person to fly non-stop from San Diego to San Francisco, Calif., crossing the Tehachepi Mountains at 9000 feet altitude, Dec. 11, 1917. This flight established a new endurance record of 9 hours and ten minutes. Established two new distance and duration records in 1918: non-stop distance 601.763 miles and duration of 10 hours and 10 minutes. She flew a Curtiss biplane powered with a Curtiss 100 hp engine from Chicago to Binghamton, N.Y., May 23, 1918. For this flight she received a special award from the Aero Club of America. First civilian to carry airmail in Canada, Calgary to Edmonton, July 9, 1918, 196 miles in two hours. On September 26, 1918, special arrangements were approved by the Postmaster General for Miss Stinson to fly mail over the route established by the Postal Aviation Services between College Park, Md., and Bustleton, Pa. At
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