Betty Skelton By Women Fly
The First Lady of Aerobatics, she flew "Little Stinker" after WWII
Betty won the International Feminine Aerobatic Championships in 1948-1950 in the revolutionary new Pitts Special biplane while still in her 20's. She learned to fly early, soloing at age 12, and perfected her airshow flying through determination, courage and perfectionism. Her spunky style drew the admiration of airshow crowds from coast to coast. She flew numerous airplanes for speed records, including the P-51 Mustang, and after retiring from aviation, worked with Chevrolet on development of the Corvette. In addition to setting speed records in the Corvette, she was active in boat jumping and skydiving. In 1959 she trained and tested with the original Mercury astronauts, even though women were eventually dropped from the program. Her Pitt bi-plane, "Little Stinker" is on display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. In 2005 she was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
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