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  • One-time fastest woman on Earth - who flew planes upside down - dies aged 85

    09/14/2011 6:51:50 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/14/11 | Staff
    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...