In the 1930s most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself! She lived for an adventure - in the air, the water, and on land - and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl. When Betty Skelton was young there weren t many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn t let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Beetty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, helicoptors, gliders, and blimps. And by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the "First Lady of Firsts!"
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by Meghan Daum
by Cormac McCarthy
by Helen McCarthy
by Tom McCarthy
"ÒNeed for speedÓ is the perfect expression to describe Betty Skelton, and narrator Susie BerneisÑas she speeds from one Skelton escapade to the next. Growing up in the 1930s in Pensacola, Florida, Skelton watched naval planes fly overhead. By the age of 12, she was flying by herself (illegally), and by 16 she had her pilotÕs license. Her little known career took her from stunt flying to setting a record for high-altitude flying in 1951. She went on to race-car driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats, became the first female boat jumper, and finally trained with the Mercury 7 astronauts. Berneis is firm and precise in her narration, and one canÕt help but think that this is just the way Betty Skelton might have spoken. The production is punctuated with sound effects and occasional music. A.R. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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