Elinor Smith was flew under the four bridges that lead to Manhattan. It was quite a stunt and gave her some free publicity. This was against the law and she almost lost her license because of her flight. It was only suspended for a few days. She entered this stunt on a dare and everyone thought she would get killed due to the turbulence and the many ships that go through that area. But I was successful. She was only 17 and she was so foolish when she took a dare to fly under the bridges. No man or woman had ever accomplished this before. The newspaper men decided that they would film my flight to make sure that she actually flying.
After successfully completing this stunt boats were blowing their horns and people cheering. She thought she would get killed due to the turbulence and the many ships that go through that area. She even had to to fly sideways around the Statue of Liberty. She made it and boats were blowing their horns and people were cheering.
She appeared at the state legislature hearings to testify that tension the wires that surrounded airports were hazardous. Elinor was a strong advocate for safe flying not only for women but all pilots Her license was suspended for a few days. She was lucky she because her license was suspended for a few days. It could have been worse…she could have lost her license.
Everyone believes that Amelia was the best woman pilot in the world. Amelia said that Elinor was the best pilot. If Amelia hadn’t gotten lost maybe Elinor would be an iconic name in aviation. I am not trying to diminish the fact that Amelia was a great pilot and believed that women could be equal to men. Amelia got all of the publicity but Elinor really was an outstanding pilot too.