Blanche "Betty" Stuart Scott

1st American Woman Pilot

 

 

 

 

Glenn Curtiss Museum

Blanche "Betty" Stuart Scott

Blanche "Betty" Stuart Scott was the first American woman pilot.   She soloed in September 1910 in Hammondsport, NY.  Her instructor was the famed Glenn Curtiss.  She was the only woman he personally taught to fly.  She continued to have many additional aviation firsts:

 

  • 1st woman to make a public appearance in an aeroplane: Ft. Wayne, IN:  October 23, 1910
  • 1st distance record for a woman, Long Island, NY: July 1911
  • 1st woman to execute an "Immelman" turn, 1911   
  • 1st woman test pilot, for Glenn Martin, 1912
  • 1st woman to fly in California, 1912
  • 1st woman to fly in Wisconsin, 1913
  • 1st woman passenger in a Jet, 1948 with Chuck Yeager
  • Consultant to the new US Air Force Museum in the 1950s



Glenn Curtiss Museum