Louise Thaden Cheered By Thousands

August 18, 1929 With a shot from a firing pistol the Women’s Air Derby, dubbed the Powerpuff Derby by Will Rogers, took off. On the flight from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio nineteen female pilots were beset with sabotage like oil poured into fuel tanks and acid cut wing wires, and by disastrous crashes but after nine days of heavy flying Louise Thaden landed her Travel Aire first.

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