Law, Ruth (1887–1970)

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Law, Ruth (1887–1970)

American aviator. Name variations: Ruth Law Oliver. Born Ruth Bancroft Law, Mar 21, 1887, in Lynn, MA; died Dec 1, 1970, in San Francisco, CA; m. Charles Oliver, 1913.

Received pilot's license (1912); was the 1st woman pilot to perform a loop-the-loop and the 1st to chance flying at night; made headlines when she flew from Chicago to NY City (Nov 19, 1916), an unprecedented 590 miles in 6 hours, setting the American nonstop record; while in the Philippines (1919), became the 1st woman to carry the airmail; spent the latter part of piloting career barnstorming with a flying circus that bore her name.

See also Women in World History.

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