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, Worcestershire, England, UK
Died 20 October 1988(1988-10-20) (aged 66)
Royal Marsden Hospital, London, England, UK
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.

Early years[edit]

Born Sheila Christine Hopkins, she had a turbulent childhood in Worcester and did not do well at school, nearly being expelled several times. During WWII, she joined the services as a nurse in a naval hospital. [2][3]


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.[4]

In 1958 she learned to fly going solo at Thruxton Aerodome after nine months of training. On 20 November 1966, she appeared as a contestant on the American panel show What's My Line.[5]


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.[2][3]


She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1968.[6] One of the teaching buildings at the University of Worcester is named after her.[citation needed]

She received the Brabazon of Tara Award in 1965, 1967, 1968.[2][3] She received the Britannia Trophy of the Royal Aero Club of Britain in 1968.[2][3] She received the Royal Aero Club's Gold Medal (1972).[7]

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.[8][2][3][4]


Before her death, Scott lived in a bedsit in Pimlico in poverty. She was diagnosed with cancer and died at age 66 at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, in 1988.[2][3]


  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. ^ a b c d e f Profile,; accessed 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Profile,; accessed 26 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b Profile,; accessed 26 April 2015.
  5. ^ "What's My Line IMDb episode listing". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 44484. p. 14. 1 January 1968. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ Shelia Scott profile,; accessed 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ "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.