Born on 22 August 1882 in Paris, France, as Elise Raymonde Deroche, Raymonde De Laroche was the daughter of a plumber.
In October 1909, de Laroche appealed to her friend, aviator and aeroplane builder Charles Voisin, to teach her how to fly.
She became the world’s first licenced female pilot on March 8, 1910. She received the 36th aeroplane pilot’s licence issued by the Aeroclub de France,
the world’s first organization to issue pilot licences.
At that time, pilot licences were only required for pilots operating aircraft for commercial purposes.