A press release:
WHAT: The San Francisco Premiere of “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club”
WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 6:00pm
WHERE: SFO’s Aviation Museum in the International Terminal Level 3, adjacent to the Boarding Area “A” entrance
ADMISSION: Free admission. Free parking with Airport garage ticket
WHO: Film producer and writer Nick Spark will be on hand
INFO: Call (650) 821-9911
BACKGROUND: “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club” is a documentary by writer-producer Nick Spark and director Amanda Pope. Florence “Pancho” Barnes, immortalized in Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff,” was one of the most important women in 20th century aviation. She was a record-setting pilot, and performed as a barnstormer throughout California, eventually becoming Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
In the 1940’s, Pancho opened the “Happy Bottom Riding Club,” a ranch next to Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous hangout for test pilots and movie stars, and was the epicenter of the aviation world during the beginning of the jet age. Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle were frequent bar guests. Little has been known about the charismatic and colorful Barnes, until now.
Movie Night at SFO is sponsored by SFO and the San Francisco Airport Museums.
About SFO SFO (www.flysfo.com) provides nonstop service to more than 65 US cities on 21 domestic airlines and to 32 international points on 27 international carriers. SFO offers twice as many non-stop flights to the New York area than all other Bay Area airports combined – making SFO the Bay Area’s Airport of Choice. SFO was voted “North America’s Best Airport” in 2008 by passengers for its outstanding customer service and amenities.
The library and museum is dedicated to commercial aviation and San Francisco International Airport's role as the 'Gateway to the Pacific' is in place in the new International Terminal. These collections are permanently housed in an 11,500 square foot facility modeled on the Passenger Waiting Room of the 1937 San Francisco Airport Administration Building. Its mission is to increase public awareness of the important achievements in air transport by preserving, interpreting, and sharing the history of commercial aviation. The San Francisco Airport Commission has expressed its belief that, 'in order to prepare for the future, we must preserve the past.'