Elinor Smith during her Record Woman's Endurance Flight, 1929

Summary

Amelia Earhart may have been better known by the public, but fellow aviators voted Elinor Smith "Best Female Pilot" in 1930. Smith, who set a series of endurance, speed and altitude records for a female pilot, was not without fame; in 1934 she became the first woman to appear on a Wheaties box. The press dubbed her the "Flying Flapper."

Amelia Earhart may have been better known by the public, but fellow aviators voted Elinor Smith "Best Female Pilot" in 1930. Smith, who set a series of endurance, speed and altitude records for a female pilot, was not without fame; in 1934 she became the first woman to appear on a Wheaties box. The press dubbed her the "Flying Flapper."

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

23 April 1929

Subject Date

23 April 1929

Collection Title

Aeronautics Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1629.156

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10 in

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