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Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu: Google Doodle celebrates the 135th birthday of the first woman aviator in Romania



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Google Doodle celebrates the 135th birthday of Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu, the first woman aviator in Romania, on May 13, 2022.

Who was Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu?

Elena Caragiani Stoenescu
Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu

Romanian Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu was born on May 13th, 1887 in Tecuci, Romania. She, the first woman aviator in Romania, was not permitted to fly in her native country; she leaves in France in 1914 and becomes the first war correspondent in the world to write “airplane reports,” along these lines establishing the worldwide best for being the First Female World War Correspondent and the first war correspondent to compose ‘airplane reports’, as per the World Record Academy.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu was the daughter of Dr. Alexandru Caragiani, an employee of the Tecuci hospital. In 1913 he acquired his law degree, becoming one of the first Romanian women licensed in legal sciences.

She was interested in flying and considered flying as a field expert like her brother, Lieutenant Andrei Popovici.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu’s first flight occurred in 1912, riding with her teacher, Mircea Zorileanu, holder of a French pilot license. She entered the League of Aviation, a flying school run by Prince George Valentin Bibescu, as the only female student, which excited indignation. Her teachers, Constantine Fotescu Captain Capsa, and Mircea Nicu Zorileanu taught her on “Farman”, “Wright” or “Santos Dumont” airplanes.

Upon completing the courses, Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu applied to get a pilot license at the Ministries of Education and Civil Defense however her application was dismissed by Spiru Haret and General Crainiceanu. She decided to go to France. She joined the School of Civil Aviation of Mourmelon le Grand led by Roger Sommer. She finished every one of the exams and accepted her pilot license when she was 27 years of age.

Her first flight happened in 1912, joined by her horse riding teacher Mircea Zorileanu, and her no 1591 license was accomplished from the International Aeronautical Federation, in 1914, in France.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu signs up for the “Airline”, the pilot school run by Prince George Valentin Bibescu, being the main female student, which excited indignation.

Pilot examples were taken by Constantin Fotescu, Captain Nicu Capsa, and Mircea Zorileanu on “Farman”, “Wright” or “Santos Dumont” airplanes, special for training.

Toward the finish of the courses, the applications for getting the civil pilot’s patent for the Education and Defense ministries were dismissed by Spiru Haret and General Crăiniceanu, which led her to leave for France.

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu selects at the Mourmelon le Grand Aviation Civil School in Champ de Chalon, led by Roger Sommer, takes every one of the exams, and gets, at 27 years old, the International Pilot Aviator, p. 1591, issued on January 22, 1914, by the International Aeronautical Federation.

It is worth focusing on that in 1914 around the world there was around ten women aviator!

Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu’s home country didn’t permit her to partake in airshows. She became a columnist for a significant French daily newspaper, traveling to the Caribbean, Mexico, or South America, then a war journalist for Press Trust of Mexico.

At the point when Romania entered the war, in 1916, Elena asked to take an interest as a pilot to defend the nation or to convey injured in hospitals. Her request was denied. She became a Red Cross nurse in a hospital in Bucharest.

Dismissed with ostentation in her native country Romania, she first connected as a columnist of an important French daily, going to the Caribbean, Mexico, or South America, then, at that point, a war correspondent for a Mexican media trust, The Dictionary of Female Personalities in Romania reports.

After Romania entered into war in 1916, Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu requested, as a pilot, to partake in defending the nation, transport injured people in hospitals, to supply medicines or materials with sanitary items on the front of the plane, however, she is rejected.

Signed up for the Red Cross as a nurse, she takes part close with Maria Ventura in focusing on the injured Romanians in a camp hospital in Bucharest and, after the withdrawal of the Romanian military and institutions in Moldova, organizes with her sister a sanitary point at the parental home of at Tecuci.

After the war, Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu married the lawyer Virgil Stoenescu, with whom she settled in Paris.

After the withdrawal of troops, she and her sister established a health clinic in Tecuci. She met and married Virgil Stoenescu, an attorney, with whom she settled in Paris. She kept on working as a journalist in France, Mexico, the USA, and countries in Africa or Asia and specialized in reporting on air events.

Seriously sick, Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu got back to the nation and died on 29 March 1929. She was buried at the Bellu Cemetery.

The present Google Doodle, presented by Cluj-Napoca, Romania-based guest artist Dariana Ilie, celebrates this aviator Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu’s 135th Birthday.

Today, a secondary school in Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu’s birthplace bears her name and she is commonly studied in Romanian aviation courses.

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