Sheila Scott

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Sheila Scott
SheilaScott Mythre 1971.jpg
Before her 1971 record-breaking trip
Born Shelia Christine Hopkins
(1922-04-27)27 April 1922
Worcester, England
Died 20 October 1988(1988-10-20) (aged 66)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Aviator

Sheila Scott OBE (27 April 1922 – 20 October 1988), was an English aviator.

Born Sheila Christine Hopkins in Worcester, Worcestershire, England in 1922,[1] educated at the Alice Ottley School, she broke over 100 aviation records through her long distance flight endeavours, which included a 34,000-mile (55,000 km) "world and a half" flight in 1971. On this flight, she became the first person to fly over the North Pole in a small aircraft. She also served as governor of the British section of the Ninety-Nines, an international association of licensed women pilots. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1968.[2] One of the teaching buildings at the University of Worcester is named after her.

In 1943 she started a career as an actress with the stage name Sheila Scott a name she used for the rest of her life. Scott had a short marriage from 1945 to 1950 to Rupert Bellamy. In 1958 she learned to fly going solo at Thruxton aerodome after nine-months training.

On 20th November 1966, she appeared as a contestant on the American panel show What's My Line.[3]

Myth Too[edit]

Scott's records breaking aircraft was a single-engined Piper Comanche registered G-ATOY and named Myth Too. The aircraft was bought by Scott in 1966 and holds ninety world class light aviation records. It is on public display at the National Museum of Flight, Scotland.[4]


  1. ^ General Register Office index of births registered in April, May, June 1922 - Name: Hopkins, Sheila C. Mother's Maiden name: Kenward District: Worcester Volume: 6C Page: 239.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 44484. p. 14. 1 January 1968. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  3. ^ "What's My Line IMDb episode listing". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "National Museum of Flight Scotland - Our aircraft" (PDF). National Museums of Scotland. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  • Hahn, Michael (October 31, 2002). "Sheila Scott". Great Images in NASA. Retrieved March 23, 2006. 

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