The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collection has posted new archival footage of Elinor’s attempt to set the world altitude record- with her powerful Bellanca “Geraldine.” What a treat to hear Elinor’s own words as she describes her terrifying recovery when the engine suddenly stopped at 25,000 feet.
Elinor Smith tells of narrow escape
Filmed on March 30, 1931. Scenes include Elinor Smith speaking about a failed attempt to achieve a new altitude record. Smith speaks about the technical steps she took to land the plane, also explaining her embarrassment and the desire to attempt again.