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Vintage Space: Pioneering Pilot Sheila Scott

Trailblazing pilot, Scott completed the first solo flight over the North Pole in a single-engine craft
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Sheila Scott was a woman far ahead of her time. The British woman with a passion for flying was born on April 27, 1927, and passed away 25 years ago today, on October 20, 1988.

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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alstenzel

Another aviation story where the reporterette got it wrong. The Piper Aztec has two Lycoming engines, not one. The bottom edge of the door the pilot is squatting by is bumping the right nacelle of the right engine.

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