photo: By Florida Memory - Betty Skelton Frankman (later Erde): Winter Haven, FloridaUploaded by oaktree_b, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18821500
On 06.28.26, Betty Skelton, aka "The First Lady of Firsts", was born. Betty made HERstory in aviation, auto racing, & astronautics. Sit tight while I try to list her MANY accomplishments. Betty made her 1st solo flight ✈️ at the age of 12 (illegally). She was the 1st woman to do an “inverted ribbon cut,” flying upside down only 10 ft off the ground, slicing a ribbon with her propeller. In 1954, Betty became the 1st woman test driver for the auto industry. She was the 1st woman boat jumper in the US. In 1956, Betty broke a transcontinental speed record. In 1957, she was the 1st woman Pace Car driver for the Daytona 500. 🏎️ There's more... but I'm out of space. Drive on, Betty.