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Florence 'Pancho' Barnes

The world of aviation was treated to a truly unique character during the 1920's and beyond. "Pancho" Barnes ' resume reads like a fictional tale:

  • Founder of the Pancho Barnes Mystery Circus of the Air
  • 1st woman to fly the Interior of Mexico
  • Participant in the 1st Powder Puff Derby
  • Renowned Hollywood Stunt Pilot and incentive for the Associated Motion Picture Pilots Association
  • Beat Amelia Earhart's Speed Record

Barnes ended her flying in the mid 1930's to settle down to a life of ranching and proprietorship of a fly-in dude ranch.

Her ranch, named "THE HAPPY BOTTOM RIDING CLUB" hosted an array of celebrities - military and Hollywood alike. Known to a wide variety of people, Pancho Barnes will be forever remembered and worthy of a place in history.

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