This Day in Women's Aviation

Today is Monday, August 20, 2018 7:09 AM

1920 - During rededication ceremonies for Curtiss Aerodrome (formerly Hazelhurst Field) in Mineola, New York, an astounded crowd watched Laura Bromwell set a new record as she looped-the-loop 87 times. Laura counted over 100 loops, but the clouds obscured her plane from the view of the observers during part of the flight.

1929 - Bobbi Trout spent Day 3 of the first Women's Air Derby on the ground. The previous day, she ran out of fuel just short of Yuma, forcing her to put down in a plowed field against the furrows. Though within sight of Yuma, she cartwheeled her Golden Eagle in Mexico, doing serious damage. After a few repairs were done on the spot, some helpful Mexicans moved the airplane to the Yuma Airport, where it was basically rebuilt. Bobbi would resume the race 3 days later.

1942 - The "New York Times" ran a story about Blanche Noyes, who was appointed as an air-marking pilot in 1936: "Mrs. Blanche Noyes of CAA Has to Undo Safety Work to Bar Aid to Enemy. The irony of it all sometimes makes Mrs. Blanche Noyes chuckle, but she is going right ahead with her job of obliterating hundreds of the safety air markers she spent six years getting set up."

2010 - The first of a 3-day sale of the estate of early woman pilot Melba Beard--charter member of The Ninety-Nines, inductee of OK-5 (pioneer aviators) Hall of Fame, and Golden Age air racer--was held at her hangar on Chandler Executive Airfield in Fresno California. Among the items for sale were the Amelia Earhart Cup she won at the 1935 Cleveland air Race, a signed copy of “The Fun of It” by Earhart, and memorabilia from the movie “Rocketeer.”