Vintage Space: Pioneering Pilot Sheila ScottTrailblazing pilot, Scott completed the first solo flight over the North Pole in a single-engine craft
Scott was the head of the British division of the Ninety-Nines. The club was named for the original number of international licensed female pilots who banded together to encourage women in the field of aeronautics -- Amelia Earhart was their first president of the group when it formed in 1929.
This photo shows Scott, in 1971, with her single-engine Piper Aztec plane named "Mythre." Later that same year, she completed a bold mission for NASA. It entailed flying advanced communication equipment in a 'round-the-world-and-a-half journey that took her over the North Pole, setting a world record along the way.
The flight made her the first person to navigate over the North Pole in a single-engine aircraft, and her epic, headline-grabbing journey confirmed a NASA satellite's ability to collect location data from remote locations.
Throughout her landmark career as a pilot, Sheila Scott set over 100 records and inspired countless women to take flight.
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