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The Powder Puff Derby of 1929: The First All Women's Transcontinental Air Race

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The unforgettable true story of the 1929 air race that legitimized female pilots.
In 1929, nineteen women set out from Santa Monica, California, in flimsy, propeller driven planes, with a mission-to be the first to cover the 2,759 mile course to Cleveland, Ohio. Dubbed "The Powder Puff Derby" by humorist Will Rogers, who covered the race, the competition was aggressive and
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Sourcebooks
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Pamela
Highly recommended!!! An Indie history book of excellence celebrating the "First All women's Transcontinental Air Race" - so dubbed the "Powder Puff Derby" by syndicated columnist and humorist, Will Rogers.

Young, small for the most part, and pretty, these women of our century wear goggles instead of knitted shawls. They burn up distance in a way which is ridiculous. Just imagine your dear old grandmother hopping in a plane, tossing away a cigarette butt, pulling goggles over her eyes, giving
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Alyssa
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Before I read this, I already had a couple favorite pilots from the Powderpuff Derby, along with appreciation for all of them, but this book goes so in depth about every pilot and provided information that's hard to find on the Internet. I definitely recommend it for everyone, and I'm so happy there are books like this one really showing the amazing bravery, tenacity, awesome sportsmanship and appreciation for these women.
Aubrey
Could not put this down! "Powder Puff Derby" is an unfortunately cutesy name (that's 1929 for you) for the race undertaken by these aviation pioneers. There is adventure in these pages as well as danger, remarkable courage, triumph and tragedy. And it's all true! One of the most entertaining books I've ever read.
Terry Cornell
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Great account of the first Powder Puff Derby. Written from the perspective of a fellow pilot, and flight instructor.
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