Aeronautics: Flights & Flyers, Apr. 20, 1931

Publicity Ladies. Nicely timed to give publicity to the planes exhibited at the National Aircraft Show in Detroit, three record flights by women were made last week: Elinor Smith flew a Bellanca Skyrocket to (apparently) 32,500 ft. over New York; at Philadelphia, Amelia Earhart Putnam piloted a Pitcairn autogiro to 19,000 ft., higher than an autogiro had ever been flown; at Detroit, Ruth Nichols streaked along a 3-kilometer course at 210 m. p. h.—almost 30 m. p. h. faster than a record set by Miss Earhart.


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