Not many people would conduct their first ever solo flight after just six hours of lessons, but that is exactly what Pancho Barnes did. She competed in air races, including the Women’s Air Derby, and although she crashed during the Derby of 1929, Barnes returned the following year to break the air speed record set by Amelia Earhart. Just like Earhart, Barnes was a member of the Ninety-nines and she eventually moved to Hollywood to become a stunt pilot.
Barnes opened the Happy Bottom Riding Club in the Mojave Desert in 1935, which catered for test pilots at the Edwards Air Force Base
Barnes was known for her fearless nature