Pancho The Biography


Barbara Schultz

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Pancho Barnes was one of aviation’s most colorful members. In the 1920’s, she barnstormed her way through the skies to become one of the best, capturing the women’s speed record in 1930. The test pilots of Edwards Air Forced Base designated Pancho’s “Happy Bottom Riding Club” their unofficial debriefing room in the 1950’s. Among those who respected Pancho, for both her character in her abilities, were Amelia Earnhart, Louise Thaden, and Jimmy Doolittle. Pancho Barnes was spontaneous, adventurous, and dedicated to both flying and friends. This well-written biography details the life of a remarkable woman.