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Wed., Dec. 22, 1954   Paterson Evening News

Bogue Electric Awards Trophy to Nation's First Aviatrix, Mrs. Blanche Stuart Scott

America's first woman flier hasn't lost her love of aeronautics. Mrs. Blanche Stuart Scott, who in 1910 made her first solo flight to become the first woman aviator in this country, is now leading a "treasure hunt" for aeronautical curios. The historical materials she discovers in homes and factories throughout the country will be given to the U. S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, O. 

Mrs. Scott, who was once known as the "daredevil of the air," is consultant to the museum's curator, civilian Mark Sloan. She is touring the country in that capacity for relics of the early years of aviation, especially between 1908 and 1916. Pictures, old clothing, plane models, trophies, flags, rare books and documents and other curios depicting the Air Force, its personnel and its mission are objects of Mrs. Scott's search. 

In addition to radio and television appearances, the aviatrix publicizes the work of the museum through personal visits to aeronautical firms and factories. During her recent visit to the Bogue Electric Manufacturing Company, 52 Iowa Ave., plans were made for the company's donation of one of the first 400-cycle generators to the museum. This type of generator is used to supply power for aircraft requiring high-cycle precision power and is still in production at the local plant. 

Through the courtesy of Edward P. Schinman, Bogue president, Mrs. Scott also was awarded a trophy for her courageous work in early aviation. Miss Ellen Schinman, daughter of the president and herself a flier, made the presentation. 

"I never had any idea that I was making history", says Mrs. Scott. Her historic solo flight was made from Curtiss Field in Hammondsport, N. Y., on Sept. 6, 1910 in a plane made, as she describes it, "of bamboo white pine and piano wire."

Mrs. Scott was taught to fly by the late Glenn H. Curtiss, and is the only woman to have been taught by the famed flier and inventor. Mrs. Scott was a test pilot for Glenn Martin and she continued her commercial work until her retirement from active flying at the start of World War I. Since that time, Mrs. Scott had devoted her attention to writing and radio and television work. 

Mrs. Scott is a proud member of the Early Birds, and organization formed around 1929 solely for those who flew before 1916. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to drive an auto across the United States. 

Mrs. Scott suggests that anyone having historic materials for the museum or any information on these curios, contact Mark Sloan, U. S. Air Force Museum Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, O.

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[[caption]] AMERICA'S FIRST woman aviator, Mrs. Blanche Stuart Scott, left is awarded a trophy in recognition of her pioneer work in the field of aviation on behalf of the Air Force Association Industry Affiliate Bogue Electric Manufacturing Company. The presentation is make by Miss Ellen Schinman, youthful flier and daughter of Bogue president, Edward P. Schinman. [[/caption]]
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