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One-time fastest woman on Earth - who flew planes upside down - dies aged 85
The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/14/11 | Staff

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bettyskeltonerde; cars; corvette; plane; racing
The article includes pictures and a video.
1 posted on 09/14/2011 6:51:54 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

She flew upside down with no crackup?


2 posted on 09/14/2011 7:03:44 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
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To: ruralvoter
My we lead boring lives these days...

Betty first rose to fame in the 1940s when, as a teenage, she was already a stunt pilot
3 posted on 09/14/2011 7:12:50 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: ruralvoter

RIP.


4 posted on 09/14/2011 7:13:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: ruralvoter

‘Betty Skelton Erde, an aviator...’

It’s too bad that the romance and fearless adventure inherent in the word “aviatrix” seems to have disappeared from the language along with the word.


5 posted on 09/14/2011 7:14:43 PM PDT by Postman (Cut, Cap and BBA)
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To: ruralvoter; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono
who flew planes upside down

Upside down? Who's ever heard of that?! No wonder she's dead!

6 posted on 09/14/2011 7:15:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

God will get you for that.


7 posted on 09/14/2011 7:15:41 PM PDT by Postman (Cut, Cap and BBA)
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To: Past Your Eyes

LOL!


8 posted on 09/14/2011 7:16:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ruralvoter
Love the dress in the video.

Wish they'd bring back the 40’s dresses - when they fit a woman's body and the fabric was cut so as to drape/fall beautifully.

9 posted on 09/14/2011 7:17:23 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: ruralvoter

When I was a young lad, my dad gave me ONE pieve of advice...”son..stay away from fast cars and faster women...”


10 posted on 09/14/2011 7:19:04 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the EARTH...it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: maine-iac7

I wish they’d bring back 1940’s women...


11 posted on 09/14/2011 7:20:19 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: ken5050

It’s faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money...


12 posted on 09/14/2011 7:21:50 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: Postman

Sometimes it comes at you like a beachball at Fenway Park. You can’t help but hit it.


13 posted on 09/14/2011 7:22:08 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Oh, I dunno ... SOME people do even COOLER things
14 posted on 09/14/2011 7:23:35 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: TSgt

I work with veterans...many of them ladies from Iraq and Afghanistan and I am happy to report that the amazing creature known as the American She Devil is still out there amigo....


15 posted on 09/14/2011 7:24:00 PM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: Revolting cat!

16 posted on 09/14/2011 7:25:44 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: knarf

I can only say: WOW!~Thanks.


17 posted on 09/14/2011 7:29:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!; ExTexasRedhead
That is a gift from ExTexasRedhead.

Yeah ... WAAYYY cool.

18 posted on 09/14/2011 7:38:31 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Postman; Past Your Eyes

Ancient Confucian joke...


19 posted on 09/14/2011 7:41:14 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: ruralvoter

RIP Betty-It sounds like you had FUN!


20 posted on 09/14/2011 7:59:53 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: TSgt

Hahaha


21 posted on 09/14/2011 8:08:51 PM PDT by funfan
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To: ruralvoter

notice her femininity and not her feminism which she had none of. What a great woman


22 posted on 09/14/2011 8:36:19 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: SkyDancer

Have you heard about this lady?

Hope the weather’s more level there than it is here. Stay safe.

- Anthony


23 posted on 09/14/2011 9:16:47 PM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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