November 9, 1979 Louise Thaden passed away. In 1929, Thaden, Bobbi Trout and Elinor Smith fought a three way endurance duel for most hours aloft. Seventeen-year-old Elinor Smith eventually came out ahead. Thaden went on to beat Amelia Earhart to win the Powderpuff Derby and was the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy. In 1956, the Bentonville, Arkansas airport was renamed Thaden Field.
November 5, 1917 Jacqueline Auriol was born. Auriol, the daughter-in-law of the president of France, was one of her country’s most accomplished woman pilots. She broke the sound barrier and was one of few women to fly the Concorde.
November 3, 1902 Air racer and flight instructor Edna Gardner Whyte was born. When no one would hire her as a professional pilot Whyte built her own airport and founded a flying school. She trained thousands of pilots and won over 125 flying trophies.
November 2, 1929 Twenty-six female pilots gathered in a hangar at Curtiss Field in Long Island, New York, for the first meeting of the Ninety-Nines, the international organization of women pilots. Tea was served from a tool chest and Neva Paris was elected as temporary chairman. The Ninety-Nines are now headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with an impressive 99s Museum Of Women Pilots.