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[[caption]] LOCATES A PLANE-Mrs. Blanche Stewart Scott, the nation's first woman pilot, is in Wichita searching for aviation relics which would be suitable for display in the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio. She confers with Col. C. O. Moffett, acting wing commander of McConnell. [[/caption]]

Aviation 'Relic' Found-It's a B-47

America's first woman pilot is in Wichita attempting to locate aviation relics for the air force... And she found one-a B-47.

The senior pilot, Mrs. Blanche Stewart Scott, who soloed September 6, 1910, Wednesday visited Col. C. O. Moffett, acting wing commander of McConnell Air Force Base, who has located one of the first models of the B-47 which is now inactive.

"I'll take the number," Mrs. Scott said. "It'll be an historical piece by 1965." 

Mrs. Scott has long been interested in aviation and still is one of its greatest backers.

When one has been in the business for 45 years, it's easy to see why she travels by air. "I fly every place I go," she says. But admits riding a train last year-the first time in 12 years. 

Mrs. Scott is on a "treasure hunt." She's seeking those items in aviation for the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. "It's one of the finest museums in the world," she reports. "And it's open to the public now."

Not only does Mrs. Scott hold the distinction of being the nation's first woman pilot. But she's also the first to drive an automobile across the country. 

It was in 1910 that Mrs. Scott drove an Overland car from New York to San Francisco. It was a publicity stunt, she admits. And her advance man gained a lot of publicity for her thruout the nation. "But when I got back, I was no longer in the news. I was just a slip of a girl at the time." She needed more publicity, she thought.

One day, she recalls, "I was talking to Lynn Curtiss (Curtiss Aviation) and he asked if I wanted to fly." As it developed, Curtiss was her instructor. And she flew professionally for some six years. 

Mrs. Scott no longer holds a pilot's license. But she's quick to add, "I passed y physical last year," which would make her eligible for a license.

Mrs. Scott knew the late Clyde Cessna, founder of Cessna Aircraft Company, and was well acquainted with the late Walter Beech, founder of Beech Aircraft Corporation. "Walter was probably the greatest designer we ever had," she said.

While in Wichita, Mrs. Scott plans to meet with officials of Beech and Cessna, and Boeing-Wichita as well.

She's interested in locating all those old planes, props, landing gear and the like for the museum. "I'm really interested in finding a Curtiss pusher that hasn't been souped up. I'm also looking for a Jenny."

"It's a funny thing," she relates, "the old timers never saved anything. I often wonder what has happened to all of those old planes."

Before joining the Air Force Museum a little more than a year ago, Mrs. Scott was in television and radio. She has worked thruout the country in publicity work. And spent nine years in Rochester, N. Y., in television and radio. 

While in Wichita, Mrs. Scott is a guest of the Allis Hotel. That will be her air force "procurement headquarters" with regard to aviation relics.


Widow Leaves $30,000 Estate

The Wichita Children's Home, 810 North Holyoke, and the First Methodist Church, are to share in the $30,000 estate of the late Mrs. Thelma Grace Middleton, of 1212 Jefferson. 


Home Town News

Force of Habit

Years of officially taking one side of an argument have a humorous way of affecting a man's thinking habits. And Attorney Eugene W. Davis, Topeka, was the embarrassed discovered of this Monday.

Davis, at one time the U.S. District attorney for Kansas, appeared in the U.S. District court as defense counsel for a man charged with conspiracy and conversion of government owned wheat, a position just the opposite as that he had held when in the government's employee.

Davis' proof of training came during the questioning of one of the potential jurors, being selected to hear the case. Judge Delmas C. Hill asked if the defense had any objections of the appointment of the man to the jury. Davis said, "No your honor, the government waives..." And then he caught his verbal blunder. With a sheepish grin on his face, Davis corrected himself, "No, your honor, the defense waives."

The Quality of Mercy

Last week a woman got picked up for grabbing a purse in a local grocery store and scramming with it. 

Of course, this wasn't the thing to do, and before the woman could get very far the local law enforcers chased her down, caught her, and put her in the local pokey. 

Monday morning the woman appeared before Judge L. A. Watson and pleaded guilty to the charge of purse snatching and straight-away the judge gave her six months for the offense.

Everything looked real bad for the matronly looking woman -who appeared completely out of place in the rather solemn surroundings of city police court-until her husband stepped up to the bench and gave a lengthy speech in behalf of his wife.

After hearing the speech, which was all but inaudible to the small gathering in the court room the judge then recalled the woman to face the bench where more conversation ensued. 

Sez the judge: "Why did you take the purse in the first place?"

Answers the woman: "I don't really know-it was there and I grabbed it and ran."

Judge: "Do you realize the seriousness of this offense?"

Woman: "Yessir."

Judge: "You don't know of any reason for taking the purse (the purse contained $27)?"

Woman: "No sir."

Judge: "Did you need the money?"

"No sir," said the woman.

"If you were paroled do you suppose that you would ever be before me again-for anything?" queried the judge.

"No sir!" The woman was emphatic.

After slightly more conversation in the same vein the 

Face Charges After Chase

Two teenagers were charged with attempted grand larceny and one with eight separate traffic violations in a state warrant issued by County Attorney Warner Moore's office Thursday as an aftermath to a will bullet riddled chase from Cheney.

Charged with attempted grand larceny are David V. Savage, 16, of 200 East Thirty-first South, and Virgil D. Page, 18, of 1403 South Sedgwick. Savage is also charged on one count of speeding and seven counts of running stop signs. 

The two youths have been identified as the two spotted pulling the rear wheels and tires off a '55 model auto in Mooberry Car Company in Cheney. Marion Mooberry, owner of the company, said he heard a racket in the car lot late Wednesday night and investigated, surprising the two youths in the act.

Alva W. Brassfield, Cheney city marshal, was in the vicinity and jumped in a car with Mooberry in an attempt to catch the two youths. Brassfield fired a total of five shots at the car driven by the two suspects during the 25 miles high speed chase to Wichita.

The chase ended in the 200 block of South Tracey, where the two youths abandoned the car. About 30 minutes later Savage and Page walked into the Wichita police department and attempted to report their car stolen. However, they were placed under arrest by Patrolmen Max Foster and James Lang. 

Both denied being in Cheney Wednesday night, but Brassfield said he had seen them there. 

Man Sentenced to State Prison

One man faces a maximum of five years in the state prison, while another has been paroled from an indeterminate term in the state reformatory after pleading guilty to felonies. 

The pleas were entered before District Judge William C. Kandt. 

Sentenced to prison was Bernard Taylor Jr., who pleaded guilty to grand larceny charge. He admitted taking a two-wheeled trailer belonging to Lester F. Matlock, then selling it. 

Malchester Sanders, 21, was placed on parole after pleading guilty to a burglary charge. Sanders was accused of taking three antique dueling pistols belonging to H. E. Zoller, of 8604 East Harry, last February 18.

Three Injured as Auto Flips

Mrs. Peggy D. Thacker, 26, of Conway Springs, Kas., and her two small children were injured when she lost control of her auto and it overturned near Clearwater on K-42.

She was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of head injuries, shock and abrasions to her right hip. Treated at St. Joseph Hospital fro bruises and abrasions were her sons, Francis E. Thacker, 3, and David Thacker, 5.

The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon. Patrolman Herbert Bellomy, of the sheriff's road patrol, said Mrs. Thacker evidently became frightened of an approaching tractor pulling farm machinery. 

Her auto left the highway and overturned once.

EXHIBIT TELLS OF RED THREAT

A timely exhibit titled "AMC Security," which points out the need for constant vigilance against Communist infiltration in industries and communities, will be presented at the Boeing Airplane Company open house Saturday and Sunday. 

Developed jointly by the air force's air material command and USAF orientation group of Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the security exhibit illustrates the continuing threat posed by Communism to AMC installations, its contracting plants and "Main Street, U.S.A."

The display's security indocumentations message is told in

Kids' Day Plans Completed

Final plans have been completed for the annual "Kids Day" which will be held Saturday at McConnell Air Force Base.

The annual event is sponsored by McConnell in co-operation with Wichita Kiwanis Clubs. 

Gates to the jet bomber base will be opened at 8:30. And the opening event will be a wing review, which will include 4,000 McConnell personnel.

Here is the program:
9 a.m., Wing review.
9:45 a.m., B-47 Stratojet flyover.
9:49 a.m., F-89 Shooting Star flyover.
9:50 a.m., B-47 water injection flyover.
9:54 a.m., T-33 jet assist take-off.
9;58 a.m., KC-97 and B-47 flight refueling.
10:02 a.m., F-80 aerobatics.
10:20 a.m., F-86 Sabre PT-13 demonstration.
10:35 a.m., T-34 Mentor demonstration.
10:45 a.m., Model plane demonstration.
10:55 a.m., F-94 Starfire afterburner display.
11-3 p.m., Static displays-
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