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AIR FORCE MUSEUM

Petite Blonde Has a Big Job
By Lindy Boyes

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BLANCHE STUART SCOTT
Has Air Force Museum Job

A mammoth job has been the business of a petite blonde for the past year. The job . . . gathering items for the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. The petite blonde . . . Blanche Stuart Scott, who is credited with being the first woman to pilot an airplane.

Although Blanche Scott's colorful aviation career is undoubtedly the reason the Air Force selected her to promote contributions to the Air Force Museum, she insists that her personal career be subordinated to the work at hand, the museum.

The importance of the museum, said Miss Scott, who is a Bay Area visitor, is emphasized by the fact that material from its extensive archives has saved the government $16,000,000,000 since 1946 from  lawsuits and lawyers' fees.

HISTORIC PLANE
Originally the museum was for Air Force personnel only. But the doors have been open to the public during the past year. One Sunday afternoon more than 1,000 persons visited the museum, "and it's only open from 1 to 4 p.m.," she added.

Among the "eight or nine" planes she has acquired for the museum is the Lockheed Sirius in which Lindbergh flew to the Orient. Even more important than the Lindbergh flight, Miss Scott said, is that the design of the Sirius was a contributing factor to the Air Force's switch from high wing to low wing construction.

More than a dozen aircraft power plants from 1903 models to recent turbo-jets are on the list of contributions to the museum.

As it now is the museum is the largest historical aeronautical collection in the world. Smaller museums are being built at Lackland and Kelly Air Force Bases in Texas, and at Sampson AFB, N.Y. Eventually it is planned that other museums will be built at other bases throughout the United States. Mobile displays will be taken on tours to the various air museums.

Blanche Scott has visited the Bay Area before. After her first solo flight at Hammondsport, N.Y., Sept. 6, 1910, she went into the air carnival business, not immediately, but she was performing at the Emeryville Race Track in 1912.

PLANES SHIPPED
The fragile bamboo-canvas-wire planes weren't designed for cross-country flights. So they were dismantled and shipped from one show to another.

From her first solo flight in the Curtis plane that resembled a box-kite, Miss Scott has approached the speed of sound in a modern sleek jet with Chuck Yeager at the controls.

She is a member of that unique organization, the Early Birds, even though she never did get around to acquiring a pilot's license, a formality frequently overlooked in the early days.

Always doing the unusual "to get people thinking," Miss Scott has had both radio and TV programs in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. Steering clear of the usual for-the-house-wife type program, Miss Scott quoted part of the Kinsey Report on women over her radio broadcast. Audience reaction did not disappoint her.

WANTS TO MOVE WEST
Her residence is now in the southern Alleghany Mountain region of New York. B[[cut-off, probably: But she]] wants to move to California permanently.

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FLIGHT TOGS--This is a 1912 picture of Blanche Stuart Scott showing what the well-dressed aviatrix of that day wore.

While in the Bay Area she is staying at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco. She expects to be here until Dec. 12.

Asked when her Air Force Museum work ends, she said that the museum director, "Mark Sloan, doesn't know it yet, but when I return to Wright-Patterson at Christmas, I expect to terminate my work then."

It has been a fascinating though tiring experience for Blanche Stuart Scott, who is small of stature but not of accomplishment.
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Oakland Tribune, Friday, Dec. 2, 1955   D-5

New Trouble in Morocco Feared
Chicago Daily News Foreign Service

RABAT Morocco, Dec. 2-- The fall of the government of Edgar Faure is regarded here as a blow to French efforts to reach a satisfactory agreement on independence for Morocco.

It is considered probable that Faure's successor as Premier of France will be less realistic as to the necessity of arriving at quick decisions on Morocco to prevent a new wave of killings.

Faure is credited with bringing Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Youssef back to the throne in time to prevent massacres in many parts of the country.

French settlers in Morocco and more conservative elements in France would slow down the process of giving independence to the Moroccans.

And this most certainly would lead to more trouble from the xenophobic Moors who have become bitterly anti-French.

French observers fear that a period of political indecision in Paris will most certainly affect negotiatioins[[sic]] that are expected to start at once in Morocco over the terms of independence.

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One fact is certain. Any prolonged delays this time will lead to serious trouble.

Leaders of the Istqlal, Morocco's independence party, have been let out of jail and have been allowed to return from exile. They are actively at work preparing to play a leading part in the government.

Any move to slow down the independence process will be met by fierce resistance that could flare up to violence overnight. The rapid pace started in Morocco cannot be slowed down now.

Copyright, 1955, Chicago Daily News
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NEW YORK, Dec 2-- The United Nations flag was adopted by the General Assembly Oct. 20, 1947.
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