Exerpt from January 28, 1952 Life magazine
10 Year old Girl Is youngest to Fly Alone
Ten-year-old Betty Lee Bennett has been up in the air a good part of her life. When she was six months old her father. Alfred Bennett, who is vice president of the Taylorcraft light-plane company, took her up for a ride. and at 3 she tried the controls. Last September she began training to solo, first by driving the family car around an open field by herself, then by taxiing a plane around an airport for hours. Almost every day her father gave her a lesson and two months ago he felt she was ready to fly alone. The actual flight, which took place in Cuba because 16 is the minimum age for solo flying in the U.S. made Betty Lee the youngest solo flier on record. LIFE photographed her slight by setting up a robot camera in the plane: each time Betty Lee moved the aileron controls she took her own picture. The 10-minute slight was perfect. During it. Betty Lee seemed completely calm–far calmer than her father, who, though he insisted he was not nervous, suffered an understandable attack of fatherly fidgets.