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Sheila Scott

world flying broke solo

Aviator, born in Worcester, Worcestershire, WC England, UK. A nurse and an actress, she took up flying as a result of a dare, winning trophies a year later in 1960. In 1966 she broke the around-the-world record with the longest solo flight of 49 910 km/31 014 mi. She again broke world records in 1967 flying across the Atlantic, and won the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race in 1969. She was the first to fly a light aircraft solo over the North Pole, equator to equator. Her books On Top of the World (1973) and Bare Feet in the Sky (1974) describe her flying career, which broke more than 100 world records.

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