Ruth Elder and George Haldeman

Silent film actress Ruth Elder sought fame as the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air, using her Stinson Detroiter American Girl. She and her co-pilot George Haldeman survived a ditching on their October 11, 1927, flight.

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Ruth Elder was an aviatrix of the 1920s and 1930s who attempted a transatlantic flight with George Haldeman in 1927.
Type: Photograph
Image Date: 1927
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
NASM 82-702
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Ruth Elder was an aviatrix of the 1920s and 1930s who attempted a transatlantic flight with George Haldeman in 1927.