September 6th, 2011

planet

aerobatic champion pilot Betty Skelton dies at 85

I'll just pretend this is tumblr and reblog this from neuro42 :)

Betty Skelton, ‘fastest woman on Earth,’ dies at 85

She was too young to be a WASP in WWII, and commercial aviation jobs weren't open to women, so Betty Skelton went into aerobatics and performance. She was the international women’s aerobatics champion for three years starting in 1941.

Her story is loaded with coolness...

She set an unofficial women’s air speed record of 421 mph in a P-51 Mustang, but the engine exploded in mid-flight, and she had to guide the plane back to the ground at an Air Force base in Florida. She did not get credit for the record because she did not land where she took off.