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had advanced to planes powered by 50 h.p., Gnome rotary engines, and she began to venture out on cross-country jaunts around that area. She continued her practice there and obtained F.A.I. Certificate No.44 on August 13,1911, at Mineola, to become the second licensed woman pilot in the United States, Harriet Quimby having won her license on August 1st.
     By September Matilda was flying capably and on the 6th made a cross-country flight, passing over the Meadow Brook Hunt Club and Wheatly Hills, on September 8th she made another flight out from Hempstead. September 10th she was up to 1,500 feet on an extended flight, then became a competitor at the Nassau Boulevard Aviation Meet on Long Island, held September 24th to 30th. This was a large event, with several United States and Foreign aviators attending. There Matilda did exceedingly well and won the Wanamaker Trophy for the highest flight by a woman during the event, variously reported at between 2,000 and 5,000 feet. Together she and Harriet Quimby attracted much attention, with their flying.
    Matilda continued her flying practice on Long Island during October, and late that month she left for Mexico City, with Andre Houpert, Harriet Quimby, George Dyott and Captain P. Hamilton for an exhibition engagement there. This was a celebration in connection with the inauguration of President Fransisco Madero, starting November 16th and lasting for several days. There the two women pilots attracted great attention and applause for their daring and skill, and Matilda was awarded a cup by the Spanish colony. Following this the troupe flew at other points in Mexico, then returned to New York.
  In February and March, 1912, Matilda filled a few engagements in the South-west with Houpert and Kantner. March 6th to 9th they were at Donaldsville, Louisiana, then March 24th to 28th at Dallas, Texas, for an Elks convention. On April 4th at Wichita Falls, Texas, she had a narrow escape when her plane caught fire from a leaking fuel tank and she was pulled from the burning plane with her clothing on fire. She had been involved in other accidents on that exhibition tour so, at the insistence of her family, she gave up flying.
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