One of Britain's outstanding long distance fliers, he was born in London in 1903. He flew with the RAF in World War One and was their light heavyweight boxing champion before leaving to fly mail in Queensland from 1927 to 1930.
In 1931, he made the fastest time for a flight from England to Australia and return --- 20 days.
In 1934, he entered the Robertson Trophy Race, from England to Melbourne with T. Campbell Black in a high speed plane, the De Havilland DH-88 "Comet." Equipped with two Gypsy inverted motors slung below each wing, this plane was specially designed for the London-Australia race.
In 71 hours Scott and Campbell Black flew over 11,320 miles to Australia, winning $50,000 after a hazardous flight across the Timor Sea on one motor.