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The Overland Lady

In 1910 Blanche Scott became the second woman driver to cross the U.S. from New York to San Francisco. The trip was taken with a female reporter in this very stout appearing 1910 Overland. Blanche took along a container of Atlantic Ocean water to pour into the Pacific. The trip took a little over 2 months to complete. Overland wanted to show that a woman could drive Sea to Sea without any assistance.

The publicity surrounding this cross country journey caught the attention of aviation pioneer Glenn Curtis. Curtis instructed Blanche, starting with taxiing the aircraft. On Sept 6, 1910 Blanche became the first female pilot in the US as the plane went 40 ft in the air and then landed on what was supposed to be a taxiing practice run. Blanche went on to become a daredevil flyer and also a Test pilot.

Later she became a screenwriter for the Movie Studios  and also a radio performer. She became involved with the USAF in the 1950s locating historic aviation artifacts for the USAF collection.

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