June 2009 Independent Woman of the Month – Blanche Stuart Scott

June 30, 2009

Blanche_Stuart_ScottBlanche Stuart Scott (1885 – 1970) was a pioneering US aviatrix and motorist of the early twentieth century.

In 1910, Scott became only the second woman to drive an automobile the width of the United States, from New York to San Francisco. Later that year she learned to fly, becoming, according to some sources, the very first female aviator. Dubbed the “Tomboy of the Air,” she toured the nation as a daredevil flyer and was professionally employed as a test pilot for the Glenn L. Martin Company which later became Lockheed Martin.

Blanche Scott retired from active flying in 1916 and later helped to establish the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

In those early years of aviation, when flying machines were the pinnacle of technology, it’s difficult to imagine the impact that pioneers like Ms. Scott had on the young girls who would go on to shape the new century.

The best place to learn more about Blanche Stuart Scott is in Eileen F. LeBow’s book “Before Amelia: Women Pilots in the Early Days of Aviation”

The only book that is completely dedicated to Ms. Scott is the juvenile biography “Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott” by Julie Cummins. This title is recommended despite its orientation toward children.


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