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Blanche Stuart Scott Collection, 1935-1969


Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of memorabilia relating to Ms. Scott. The material includes her certificates, membership cards, and ribbons, as well as a collection of newspaper clippings from 1939-1969 relating to Ms. Scott.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Women in aeronautics
  • Aeronautics
  • Periodicals

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


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Scott, Blanche Stuart 1889-1970


  • Scott, Blanche Stuart 1889-1970
  • Air Force Museum (U.S.)

Physical description

  • 1.09 cubic feet (1 records center box)
  • 1.04 linear feet


  • 1935
  • 1935-1969


  • Other materials: Blanche Stuart Scott's Early Bird plaque and and Early Bird ornamental license plate frame (held by National Air and Space Museum, Aeronautics Division)
  • Blanche Stuart Scott (1889-1970) was an aviation pioneer. In 1910, after becoming the first woman to drive across the United States, she soloed at the Curtiss Flying School at Hammondsport, NY (6 September 1910) becoming one of the first three female pilots (the first was a French baroness who soloed two weeks before Scott; Scott's position as first American female pilot is disputed by supporters of Bessica Raiche). Although never licensed, she spent the next six years (1910-1916) on the aerial exhibition circuit with a number of aerial teams. Although she stopped flying in 1916, she stepped forward in 1948 to become the first woman to fly in a jet aircraft in an Air Force T-33 piloted by Charles Yeager. From 1954 she worked as a public relations consultant to the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.


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