Elinor Smith was a pioneering pilot who pushed the boundaries of aeronautics in the early years of flight. She was government-licensed by 16, an endurance record setter at 17, and voted the country’s Best Female Pilot at age 19. Smith’s skills, daring, and advocacy for women fliers have left an indelible mark on the history of aviation.
In March of 1931, Smith attempted to set a new world altitude record. This flight resulted in a forced landing that left her completely unharmed. She explains what happened in these Movietone newsreel outtakes. She made a second attempt on April 9, in which she reached 32,000 feet.
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