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Air Show Trophy


This air show trophy was one of many awarded to Pensacola native Betty June Skelton (1926–2011). This particular award was earned at the Southeastern Air Show Exposition in Jacksonville in 1946.

Skelton achieved numerous records and championships in both the air and on land. She first soloed at the age of twelve. In the 1940s, Skelton learned stunt flying and began appearing in air shows around Florida. She named her airplane “Little Stinker.” She set the World Light Plane Altitude Record in 1949 and 1951, and captured the International Feminine Aerobatics Champion title at the All-American Air Maneuvers in Miami three times.

(Collection of the Museum of Florida History)