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Ruth Elder standing at the Paul Cox Airfield in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 25, 1929. 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…

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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 woman to fly across the Atlantic. Earhart worked…

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Thea Rasche (left) and Ruth Elder (right) standing at the Paul Cox Airfield in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 25, 1929. They are standing in front of Rasche’s Gypsy Moth #61. The first Women's Air Derby, also called the Powder Puff Derby, took place…

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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 on August 26.

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Ruth Elder standing on Paul Cox Air Field during the 1929 Women's Air Derby. Caption on the back of the photograph reads "Three cheers for Ruth!!! Always smiling."

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Ruth Elder and Vera Dawn Walker’s planes at Paul Cox Airfield in Terre Haute, Indiana on August 25th during the 1929 Women's Air Derby. The foreground plane, No. 66, Swallow J-5, was flown by Ruth Elder. The other, No. 113, Curtiss Robin Challenger,…

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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 "Pancho" Barnes standing with her airplane, the Travel Air Mystery Ship.

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Louise Thaden sitting in her Travel Air Wright Engine at the first Women’s Air Derby, which took place from August 18 to August 26, 1929. The nineteen women who participated flew from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland. Louise Thaden won with a…

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Aviatrix Louise Thaden holding her victory wreath after arriving first to Cleveland, Ohio in the first Women's Air Derby in 1929 (later called the Powder Puff Derby).
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