The Honorable Mrs. Victor Bruce

Another quick one today. The info comes from David Cannadine's Aspects of Aristocracy: Grandeur and Decline in Modern Britain. This is easily going to be the latest time period I've posted about (the 1930s) but Mrs. Victor Bruce was born in the Victorian era, so it counts. Them's the rules I just made up on the spot. Also, she fits in nicely with the other daredevil ladies I've been posting about.

The Honorable Mrs. Victor Bruce "embarked on a round-the-world solo flight in 1930, only eight weeks after having gained her pilot's license. In order to lighten her plane, she dispensed with the parachute. She crashed in the Arabian desert, caught malaria in Indo-China, and when flying over Hong Kong on 11 November [Remembrance Day in the UK] stopped her engine in mid-air to observe the two minutes' silence. She later joined a flying circus" (69-70).


Also, this newspaper headline and photo of her:

She also lived to be 95. I've said it before and I'll say it again, a quiet life of stressing about silly things is what kills people early. You want to live long? Live hard.

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