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March 12, 2014

Portrait of ‘Chickasaw Gem’ graces state Capitol

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“Capturing someone’s likeness on canvas isn’t difficult,” Nick said. “It is capturing the spirit – the DNA signature – of that person. She is a beautiful, elegant, graceful woman. What an absolute gem she was to the Chickasaw Nation and to Oklahoma,” he added.

Scott was trained by the very best. Post was the first person to fly around the world in 1931. The trip took eight days. In 1933, he broke his own record, accomplishing the feat in seven days, 18 hours and 49 minutes. Post, despite a limited formal education and blinded in his left eye in an oil patch mishap, conceived, designed and tested the first fully pressurized flying suit and helmet. His design was the genesis of suits later worn by American astronauts. He reached the then unheard of altitude of 55,000 feet in the super-charged Winnie Mae airplane. He is credited with proving the existence of the jet stream.

Mrs. Scott was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame, the International Women’s Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame and is a charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She served three terms as a legislator for the Chickasaw Nation later in her life. She died in March 2005 at age 89.

Her portrait will be displayed in the lounge of the Oklahoma House of Representatives in the state capitol building.

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