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The first Women's Air Derby, also called the Powder Puff Derby, took place between August 18 and August 27, 1929. The flight began in Santa Monica, California and ended in Cleveland, Ohio with some stops for rest and refueling in between. One of…

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Women's Air Derby contestant's planes sit at the Paul Cox Airport in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 25, 1929. A year before entering the contest, famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart was credited as the first women to fly across the Atlantic. Earhart worked…

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Pictured on the left is German first women pilot Thea Rasche and on the right is Ruth Elder. The two are taking a break from their flying at Paul Cox Airfield in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 25, 1929. Rasche's total elapsed time for the race that…

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Photo of three planes that flew in the 1929 Women's Air Derby at the Paul Cox Air Field in Terre Haute, Indiana. The race began in Santa Monica, California on August 18 and ended in Cleveland, Ohio nine days later. There were eighteen women pilots in…

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Photo of Ruth Elder standing on Paul Cox Air Field during the 1929 first ever Women's Air Derby Race. Elder is seen here smiling with planes in the background. Caption on the back of the photograph reads "Three cheers for Ruth!!! Always…

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Women pause at Paul Cox Airfield in Terre Haute, Indiana two days before the end of the first Women's Air Derby. The foreground plane, No. 66, Swallow J-5, was flown by Ruth Elder. The other, No. 113, Curtiss Robin Challeger, was flown by Vera Dawn…

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Contestants stopped in the middle of the first Women's Air Derby, what was once called the Powder Puff Derby, in Paul Cox Airfield in Terre Haute, Indiana. Nineteen women participated in the race which began in Santa Monica, California and ended in…

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Florence Lowe Barnes, more well-known as Pancho, was a stunt pilot in California, and the founder of the first movie stunt pilot's union. In addition, she ran the Happy Bottom Riding Club a dude ranch and restaurant that catered to nearby aviators.…

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Led in conjunction with National Air Races, the first Women's Air Derby took place from August 18 to the 26, 1929. The nineteen women who participated flew from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland. Louise Thaden won with a flight time of 21…

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Aviatrix Louise Thaden was the winner of the first Powder Puff Derby (then called the Women's Air Derby) in 1929, and the first winner of the Bendix Trophy in 1936. Here she stands holding her victory wreath earned after arriving first to Cleveland,…
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