Before her 1971 record-breaking trip
|Born||Shelia Christine Hopkins
27 April 1922
Worcester, Worcestershire, England, UK
|Died||20 October 1988
Royal Marsden Hospital, London, England, UK
Born Sheila Christine Hopkins in Worcester, Worcestershire, England in 1922, 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.
In 1943, she started a career as an actress as Sheila Scott, a name she maintained long after she stopped acting. She had a short marriage from 1945 to 1950 to Rupert Bellamy.
She was the founder, and the first governor, of the British branch of the Ninety Nines, an association for licensed women pilots, which had been created by Amelia Earhart. She was a member of the International Association of Licensed Women Pilots, and of the Whirly Girls, an association of women helicopter pilots.
She received the Brabazon of Tara Award in 1965, 1967, 1968. She received the Britannia Trophy of the Royal Aero Club of Britain in 1968. She received the Royal Aero Club's Gold Medal (1972).
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.
|Library resources about
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- 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.
- Profile, soloflights.org; accessed 26 April 2015.
- Profile, archive.spectator.co.uk; accessed 26 April 2015.
- Profile, ctie.monash.edu.au; accessed 26 April 2015.
- "What's My Line IMDb episode listing". Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- The London Gazette: . 1 January 1968. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- Shelia Scott profile, britannica.com; accessed 26 April 2015.
- "National Museum of Flight Scotland - Our aircraft" (PDF). National Museums of Scotland. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
- Hahn, Michael (31 October 2002). "Sheila Scott". Great Images in NASA. Retrieved 23 March 2006.
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