Powder Puff Derby 1930-31

What a lineup! The Powder Puff Derby at Long Beach, California circa 1930-31. Can you spot legendary aviatrix Pancho Barnes? At the archives in Kelch Aviation Museum, we have a copy of Pancho’s logbook! Looking through it is like looking over her shoulder. Consider donating to our archive fund to

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Fly American! 1933

Feeling a bit cooped up inside? Watch this promo video for American Airlines from 1933 and satisfy your airline travel blues! Kelch Aviation Museum is still working hard – from home. Times are tough but we are committed to sharing the joy and magic of flight with the world. Donate

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Sundays and Quarantines

Sundays (and quarantines) are great for building model airplanes! Here’s a lovely piece of cover art from the Junior Mechanics & Model Airplane News. Who here made models as a kid – and who here still makes them? We’d love to see – feel free to comment with photos! At

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“Women Come and Help!”

“Women Come and Help!” Anonymous artist, 1917. The 1910s, 20s, and 30s were the golden age of posters, and so many of them feature aviation! Here’s a poster from the UK, recruiting women for manufacturing jobs in the aviation industry during WWI. March is Women’s History Month! We’re celebrating the

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Women Aviators of the Allied Army

Those daring aviatrices! A news article from the Times Dispatch, November 1st 1914. Would women make up the next flying corps? The article mentions record-setting lady pilot Helene Dutrieu, who we featured yesterday: “One of the most daring of women aviators is Mademoiselle Helene Dutrieu of France. She was the

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Hélène Dutrieu

Throwback Thursday, aviatrix edition! Here’s a photo of Belgian pilot Hélène Dutrieu, the “Girl Hawk”. In 1910 she reputedly became the first woman pilot to fly with a passenger. In 1911, she was the only woman in a field of 15 pilots competing for the King’s Cup air race, which

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Queens of the Air

Here’s a wonderful bit of film footage of the first all-women’s flying meet in Northampton, England! I love the candid shot of the pilots hand-propping – a familiar sight at Brodhead, but I haven’t seen anyone in outfits that spiffy. March is Women’s History Month! This footage features many famous

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Aviation Failures

It may be Monday, and the world may be kinda crazy, but there are *always* other pilots’ mistakes to laugh about! And laughter is the best medicine, right? Hang in there, fellow aviation fans! What projects (or failed projects…) are you working on at home these days?

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Public Service Ad

A little reminder from a public service ad, circa 1918. The world has been through this before, but that doesn’t make it less scary. The staff at Kelch Aviation Museum will be working from home for a while. It’s a great time to research and plan – and band together

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Mildred Kaufman

March is Women’s History Month! Here’s aviatrix Mildred Kaufman, who set a record for female aviators by flying 46 loop-the-loops in February of 1930. She’s pictured with her plane shortly after that record-setting flight, when she was 23 years old. So many amazing women have flown, broken through the glass

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