Monday, February 4, 2013

Ruth Elder -- February 4, 2013

Ruth Elder was an aviatrix and an actress.  In October, 1927, inspired by Charles Lindbergh, she tried to fly her Stinson Detroiter "American Girl" across the Atlantic.  She and her male copilot made it to within 300 miles of Europe but were forced to ditch because of an oil leak.  Elder did not become the first woman to fly the Atlantic, but she and her copilot were rescued safely and received many congratulations.  The caption of the photograph, from the July, 1929 Moving Picture Magazine compares her style to Suzanne Lenglen's.  Suzanne Lenglen was a French tennis champion. 

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