Elinor Smith, New Woman's Endurance Flight Record Holder, 1929

Summary

Elinor Smith took her first flight at age six and earned a pilot's license at 16. She made headlines flying under New York City bridges in 1928, but more serious pursuits earned Smith a series of endurance, speed and altitude records for a female pilot. Smith piloted an airplane for the last time in 2001, at the age of 89.

Elinor Smith took her first flight at age six and earned a pilot's license at 16. She made headlines flying under New York City bridges in 1928, but more serious pursuits earned Smith a series of endurance, speed and altitude records for a female pilot. Smith piloted an airplane for the last time in 2001, at the age of 89.

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

84.1.1629.157

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 in

Width: 6.5 in

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