Skip to comments.One-time fastest woman on Earth - who flew planes upside down - dies aged 85
Posted on 09/14/2011 6:51:50 PM PDT by ruralvoter
Betty Skelton Erde, an aviator and auto racing pioneer who became the fastest woman on Earth in 1965, has died. She was 85.
Erde set female speed records at Daytona Beach and Utah's Bonneville salt flats more than half a century ago.
In 2008, she was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in suburban Detroit.
Dozens of firsts are attached to her name: the auto industry's first female test driver in 1954; the first to set a female world land speed record in 1956 (145 mph at Daytona Beach); and the world land speed record for women in 1965, hitting 315.72 mph at Bonneville.
Erde began drawing attention as a female stunt pilot as a teenager in the 1940s.
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notice her femininity and not her feminism which she had none of. What a great woman
Have you heard about this lady?
Hope the weather’s more level there than it is here. Stay safe.
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