Movie Screening: Breaking Through The Clouds - First Women's National Air Derby

In the summer of 1929 there was great interest in aviation. There were major strides that had been made and were being made almost daily. The men’s races were becoming de rigueur, but the idea of a women’s only race had marvelous PR appeal. Will Rogers, looking at all the pilots, some beautiful, some just sturdy, and all totally enthusiastic – as well as very skilled – but still ladies in dresses, or, when flying, in pants suits that looked like dresses or in jodhpurs and riding boots – quipped that this was really the “Powder Puff Derby.” The name stuck to this day.

There were many lady pilots: Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes, Phoebe Omlie, Bobbie Trout and Louise Thaden are some of the better known of the twenty (20) women who started the race. Nineteen (19) finished in Cleveland, OH. 

It all started at Santa Monica Airport. In fact, Santa Monica Airport gets mentioned at least ten times or more in this fast paced documentary. There are a number of scenes in which the open fields of Santa Monica Airport are shown (no single or even double runway, just an open field – take off whatever direction you wish depending on the wind!)

Event Details:

Where: Santa Monica Public Library MLK Auditorium 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401 When: May 1st at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Special Guest: The Director/Producer will be there to answer questions! Cost: FREE registration Parking is available under the building for $5 (or less).

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