Pancho Barnes

Pancho Barnes, c. 1930s
Photographic Print
2012.999.49.02
MOAH Permanent Collection
Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)
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Born Florence Leontine Lowe, "Pancho Barnes" broke Amelia Earhart’s speed record during the 1930 Women’s Air Derby. She worked as a Hollywood stunt pilot in the early 1930s, and purchased 180-acres of barren land adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake bed and Muroc Army Airfield (later known as EAFB) in 1935. It was here she established Happy Bottom Riding Club, where her hospitality towards the airmen at Muroc eventually lead to her becoming referred to as the “Mother of Edwards Air Force Base.”

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