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13/08/2013
Lady Icarus
One of the roles of the Royal Aero Club has been to certify flight performance records, such as height and speed. Our Collection includes the official documents for a number of these achievements. One such file includes the height record set on 10 July 1928 in the Short “Mussel” Seaplane G-EBMJ, flown by Lady (Mary) Heath – left – with Sicele O’Brien – right – as passenger. At that time, Lady Heath was one of the best-known women in the world. Her fascinating story is told in Lindie Naughton’s book “Lady Icarus”. See also http://www.capetowntogoodwood.com to find out more about a commemorative long-distance flight, and accompanying film, later this year.