Elinor Smith

Elinor Smith is a Women Aviator. Made by:Connie and Caleb

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Elinor, a record setting aviatrix , was female pilot of the year of 1930 over Amelia Earhart. She died of kidney failure March 19 at the age of 98. Elinor was born in Freeport, N.Y. Ms.Smith took her first airplane ride at the age of 6. Before she was 10, she flew with an instructor, propped up with a pillow and with blocks tied to the controls so she could reach them. By age 12, "I could do everything but take off and land," she said. Miss Smith became the youngest licensed pilot in the world at 16. A month after she received her license, an obscure barnstormer bragged about his failed attempt to fly under a bridge. After much preparation, on Oct. 21, 1928, she stepped into her cockpit with words of encouragement from Charles Lindbergh,an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. At 18, she was hired as the first female executive pilot of the Irvin Air Chute Co., dropping parachutists. The next year, she became the first female test pilot for Fairchild Aviation Corp. and Bellanca Aircraft Corp.
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Elinor Smith set many flying records as numerous feats followed close on. Until late 1928, there was no established women's flying endurance record; Smith decided to establish one, but was beaten to it. On December 20, Viola Gentry flew for eight hours, six minutes. As far as Smith was concerned, all that did was to establish a tangible target, one that Red Devereaux said Smith could break "standing on [her] head."[25] However, before Smith could finish her preparations, on January 2, 1929, Evelyn "Bobbi" Trout, flying in California, upped the record to 12 hours. Under FAI rules, endurance records had to be broken by a full hour and she had to fly under 4 cast river suspension bridges in New York.


"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things"




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