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Famous woman flyer

I’m continuing to find material in the January 3 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star! Here’s a photograph of an aviatrix who was planning to teach other women how to fly:

Ruth Elder (1902-1977) was one of the aviation pioneers who was good enough (or perhaps lucky enough) not to die young. Called the “Miss America of Aviation”, she was the first woman to attempt to travel across the Atlantic Ocean in a plane, trying this in 1927. She didn’t quite make it, but she and her pilot were rewarded with a ticker-tape parade anyway, and she was given a movie contract, appearing in some films in the late 1920s.

Ms. Elder gave a number of husbands “the air” in her lifetime, as she was married six times, including two divorces in 1932. Her sixth marriage, to Ralph P. King, lasted until her death. In later life, she was hired by Howard Hughes as an executive secretary; initially, he didn’t know who she was.

British Pathé has newsreel footage of the 1927 flight:

YouTube also has a number of videos of Ms. Elder, including this footage from 1935.

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