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Betty Skelton
Birth: Jun. 28, 1926
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 2011
Winter Park
Orange County
Florida, USA

Pioneer Aviator and Auto Racer. Once known as the "fastest woman on Earth" , she established precedents for women in aviation, auto racing and advertising. She made her first solo flight at the age of 12, held a commercial pilot's license by age 16 and became a certified flight instructor at age 18. Eventually, she got into stunt flying, which evolved her into a full-out aerobatic pilot, performing in aviation shows across the country. Her most impressive stunt was cutting a ribbon tied between two poles while flying her biplane upside down at 10 feet above the ground. Among her aviation achievements, she held the world speed record for piston engine aircraft in a P-51 Mustang of 421.6 mph, set the world light-plane altitude record of 25,763 feet in 1949 and broke her own record altitude record flying 29,050 feet in 1951. Before retiring from flying she held the U.S. Female Aerobatics Championship title 1948 to 1950 and she became the first woman to undergo astronaut testing by NASA in 1959. In 1956, she joined General Motors and became the first woman technical narrator at major auto shows. She soon began test-driving Corvettes and was the first woman to drive an Indy car. She set the transcontinental speed record from New York to Los Angeles, covering 2,913 miles in 56 hours and 58 minutes in 1956, plus land-speed records for woman at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1957 and the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah in 1965. She was also an advertising executive with General Motors, helped launch the Corvette Quarterly magazine and was vice president of the Women's Market and Advertising department in 1969. She is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame, Corvette Hall of Fame , International Air Shows Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Her Pitts Special airplane named ‘Little Stinker', is part of the National Air and Space Museum collection. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Winter Garden Cemetery
Winter Garden
Orange County
Florida, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Sep 10, 2011
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Betty Skelton
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Betty Skelton
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