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Air Pioneer's Memory Stirred

BLANCHE STUART SCOTT, first U.S. aviatrix, stands by an old PT.1, Consolidated, in the Air Force museum. It was the first standardized primary Army Air Corps trainer, 1925 vintage. Miss Scott's first plane had wings of canvas-covered bamboo. That was in 1910. [/caption]]

First U.S. Woman Flyer Now Air Force "Scout" 
By PAT MILLER
Journal Herald Staff Writer

The first woman flyer in the U.S. now is in the Air Force Technical museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force base--but as an employe [[employee]].

Blanche Stuart Scott, who first learned to fly in 1910, is looking for objects for the AF museum. She left yesterday for New York on her first treasury hunt.

The object of her search is a complete pictorial and material history of aviation in America.

"I got the job," said the blonde, energetic aviatrix, "because my acquaintance in aviation is vast." 

Her job, she explained, is to scout out and contact early aviation pioneers or their surviving relatives and get any relics of flight before 1916.

Establish Continuity

"We want to establish continuity in the museum's historical articles and I must find the articles hidden in attics, basements and in other places," Miss Scott said. "There are a great many people who have things of value with no place in which to put them."

The museum at WPAFB is the parent of about 20 such museums to be established throughout the country. Miss Scott said the museum is now, as far as authenticity is concerned, the "greatest thing of its kind in the country."

Before she came to WPAFB to undertake her "treasure hunt," Miss Scott had worked in radio and television. Her adventures, she explained, have come about because she likes excitement.

German Woman First

"My first flight was made when I was a mad kid who loved excitement," she said. "I had no more idea of making history at the time than of revolutionizing the country. I feel humble about the accident which caused me to be the first woman flyer in the nation." 

She added, one woman, Baroness de la Roche of Germany, made her first flight either two weeks or two years before Miss Scott, or she would have been the first woman anywhere to make the attempt.

Since 1910 Miss Scott has flown in all types of planes, including the jet variety. She says flying still has excitement in it.

"It's like drinking is with some people," she explained. "You get used to it and it's difficult to do without it." 

Her job as treasure seeker for the AF museum, she said, provides excitement in that there is a constant change and constant movement.


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Journal - Herald, Dayton, Ohio
December 11, 1954
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