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FREEDOM OF FLIGHT -8- SOUND: ENGINE REV BLANCHE: A gust of wind brushed the airplane .. throwing the nose up .. I sparked the engine to prevent a stall .. the plane recovered, but lo and behold, when I looked below, the landing field was gone. I was airborne. Whether Glen or I like it or not, this was my solo ... SOUND: ENGINE FULL ... FADES OUT ... RETURNS IDLING CURTISS: (SHOUTING) Blanche .. Blanche .. cut the engine! SOUND: ENGINE OUT CURTISS: Blanche, why did you do that to me? You've just give me the worst three minutes of my life. How did you land? You've never landed before. BLANCHE: Well, Mr. Curtiss, you see I didn't have to learn to creep, I'm just natural born [[strikethrough]] crawler [/strikethrough]] sprinter. CURTISS: You mean a natural born flyer. My congratulations, Miss Aviatrix. MUSIC: TAG .. BRIDGE AND OUT ANN'CR: Glen Curtiss put his first lady student at the head of the class .. and she's stayed there until this day. Aviation history herself, she's with us tonight, Blanche Stuart Scott! BLANCHE: Thank you. Yes, we took a few chances in the early days, didn't we General Lahm? LAHM: Everybody did, Miss Scott.
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