Melie Beese Takes Wing

September 26, 1911 German aviatrix Amelie Beese competed in the Autumn Fly at Johannisthal, near Berlin, setting a woman’s endurance record of 2 hours 9 minutes. In 1929, Elinor Smith competed against Viola Gentry and Bobbi Trout for the women’s record. Elinor prevailed, flying over 26 1/2 hours.