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Florence Leontine Lowe aka Pancho Barnes
Florence "Pancho" Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation. A tough and fearless aviatrix, Pancho was a rival of Amelia Earhart's who made a name for herself as Hollywood's first female stunt pilot. Just before WWII she opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous, some would say notorious, hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the "Happy Bottom Riding Club", it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age.
Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle caroused in the bar. The Club's destruction by fire in 1953 is seen by many to mark the end of a Golden Era in post-WWII aviation. In the same fashion Pancho herself has become something of a legend, a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown.
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LVCDC 04:19, 2 May 2014 (MDT)
This page created in January 2013 was empty of any kind of aircraft seen through this TV movie. The pictures added are from open source but several clues let me think that others airplanes are probably not listed there. IMDB says that a DVD release occured in fall 2013. If anybody could find it and help to finish this page (adding new types or confirming that all are already displayed). Many thanks. LVCDC 07:56, 4 May 2014 (MDT)