Fly On, Betty Scott

October 23, 1910 Betty Scott became the first woman to fly before an audience when she flew a Curtiss Pusher biplane at a demonstration in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the only woman Glenn Curtiss taught to fly. He didn’t believe women belonged in the air, but he never imagined Scott would stick with it,and had included her in the demonstration as a publicity stunt. Called “The Tomboy Of The Air”, Scott was already a renowned adventurer and the second woman to drive an automobile across the United States. She had been the first woman to fly in America when her plane accidentally lifted off during training- Bessia Raiche was the first to fly intentionally.

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