Pan­cho Barnes

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Amer­i­can, 1901-1975

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

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