Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu is a senior reporter, military correspondent and the first licensed female aviator in Romania
|Elena Caragiani-Stoenescu was a high-flying reporter, war correspondent and the first licensed woman aviator in Romania|
Caragiani-Stoenescu was born on May 13, 1887 in Tewash, Romania. At the age of 25 he flew for the first time in a plane piloted by his former equestrian instructor. Later that year he enrolled in the Aviation League, a Romanian summer school. As the only student at the school, his civilian pilot's license was denied by the Ministry of Education and Civil Protection, even though he had completed all courses.
Unbearable, Caragiani-Stoenescu entered a civil aviation school in France. At the age of 27 he received his pilot's license, his 12th international driving license and his first Romanian. Romania did not allow him to take part in the air show, so Caragiani-Stoenescu became a reporter for the French daily and flew long-haul flights to the Caribbean and South America. He also worked as a military correspondent for the Press Trust of Mexico.
After Romania's entry into World War I, he asked to participate as a pilot, but was again refused. Caragiani-Stoenescu worked as a Red Cross nurse in Bucharest, Romania during the war. He later set up a health clinic in Tewash and worked as a journalist around the world, focusing on air events.
Today, a high school in the birthplace of Karadjani-Stoenescu bears his name, and he usually takes Romanian aviation courses. Happy 135th birthday to Elena Karadjani-Stoenescu! Her determination and legacy have inspired women to rise to new heights.