A documentary about the women's first transcontinental air race, commonly called the Powder Puff Derby, has been completed. Originally it was called the Ragwing Derby, but thank god someone was able to persuade the documentarist that that was a lousy title - no one would know what a ragwing derby was!
Now the doc is called Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby: http://www.breakingthroughtheclouds.com/
The website doesn't say that the documentary is complete, but if its going to be shown on June 26 at the terminus of the current women's air race in Frederick, Maryland. (A new, annual Powder Puff Derby, ran for 29 years form 1947-1977 (missing one year because of the oil crisis). When it closed down the Air Race Classic took its place. It is now the longest-running women's air race, from 1978 to 2010, with hopefully no signs of stopping.
All of the pilots will be available to meet fans and aviation enthusiasts on June 26 at the Terminus.
I take the liberty of sharing the info from their webpage:
Starting their 2,400 mile cross country competition in Ft. Meyers Florida on June 22 the racers will begin to arrive at Frederick Municipal Airport, Frederick, Maryland on Thursday, June 24, and will continue through Friday, June 25. The last plane to qualify must complete their timing run by 5:00 PM Friday, June 25. The excitement will grow as the racers approach Frederick Airport coming in “ Fast and Hot” doing a timing run or “ Flyby” before landing. Landmark Aviation will serve as the Sugarloaf Ninety-Nine’s Welcome Center, and Frederick County Tourism Council will provide each racer with a welcome bag and mementos of their stay in Frederick.
Both the public and the media are invited to watch as these amazing women complete their 2,400 mile Cross Country “Great Race.” At least 40 teams are expected to compete, and given the unprecedented response to the 2010 race, perhaps even more. A team consists of a plane and two pilots.
The weekend will be filled with events, and the public is invited to join in celebrating the race, the racers, and 100 years of certificated women pilots.
Click HERE to purchase tickets online to the public events. Go to the link and choose events under "Guest Registration".
Click HERE to purchase tickets by check.
FRIDAY EVENING JUNE 25, 5:00 PM
WELCOME/MELTDOWN PARTY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC $25
ADVANCED HELICOPTER CONCEPTS, FREDERICK MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
A required event for the racers, and a ticketed event open to the public, this is an opportunity for the racers to wind down from their grueling four day ordeal, for officials to welcome them to Frederick, and for the public to meet and chat with these women as they exchange stories and renew acquaintances. Food, and the music of the Bobby Lewis Blues Band at this casual 1929 style hangar party will set the stage for a weekend full of history still being made. Period aviation dress is encouraged. The public, local officials and business leaders will join the Ninety-Nines in celebrating the racers successful arrival in Frederick. This event is sponsored by Aviation Insurance Resources, Advanced Helicopter Concepts, and the City of Frederick. (Email Gail@ARCterminus2010.com for ticket information.)
SATURDAY JUNE 26 12:30-2:00 PM
AIR RACE CLASSIC GIRL SCOUT OUTREACH, Not open to the public
ADVANCED HELICOPTER CONCEPTS, FREDERICK MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
The Air Race Classic will present a program for the local Girl Scouts. The Ninety-Nines, whose Sugarloaf Chapter is hosting the Terminus events are sponsors of the Girl Scout Aviation Badge. This fun and informative program is designed to educate the girls about airplanes and aviation in general. During the activity, ARC pilot volunteers meet with the girls, take them out to the ramp and show them the airplanes. Each participant will also receive a gift packet with information about flying, and flying memorabilia. Participating scouts will each receive a complimentary ticket to the film “BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS: THE FIRST WOMEN’S NATIONAL AIR DERBY” to be shown at Hood College’s Rosenstock Auditorium.
SATURDAY JUNE 26 4:00-6:00 PM, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC $5
FILM “BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS: THE FIRST WOMEN’S NATIONAL AIR DERBY”
HOOD COLLEGE ROSENSTOCK AUDITORIUM
Special screening of Independent Producer Heather Taylor’s much anticipated documentary film on the first women’s air race in 1929, dubbed the “Powder Puff Derby” which included such barrier breaking pilots as Amelia Earhart. “BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS: THE FIRST WOMEN’S NATIONAL AIR DERBY” is a cinematic in-depth look at the women, their times, and their personal struggles. The public is invited, to this Archetypal Images, LLC film. Tickets required. Purchase online at link shown above. This film screening is being sponsored by AVEMCO.
SATURDAY EVENING JUNE 26 7:00-10:00 PM
VIP RECEPTION with Admission to Film, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC $20
DELAPLAINE VISUAL ARTS CENTER, FREDERICK MARYLAND
This is a Reception to meet the 2010 racers, the “BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS” Executive Producer Heather Taylor, re-creation pilots and other participants in the film. The reception will be held in the Delaplaine’s Gallery, enhanced by a juried art show, food, and cash bar on downtown Historic Frederick City’s Carroll Creek. The public is invited to this unique event, and tickets will include admission to the film at Hood College. Dress is casual to Black Tie. The event’s sponsor is the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Ninety-Nines and is dedicated to their chapter’s late benefactor, Theresa Dellaquila. (Email Gail@ARCterminus2010.com for ticket information.)
SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 27
RACERS DEBRIEFING BREAKFAST, not open to the public
HILTON GARDEN INN, FREDERICK MARYLAND
This breakfast is not open to the public and is a required event for the racers. It is sponsored by Cessna and welcome comments will be presented by a representative of AVEMCO.
SUNDAY EVENING, JUNE 27, 7:00 PM
PRECEDED BY A COCKTAIL HOUR AT 6:00 PM
ARC AWARDS BANQUET AT DUTCH’S DAUGHTER RESTAURANT, FREDERICK MARYLAND
Open to the public $45
Awards to the race winners, exciting speakers, honored guests, state and local recognition, and a silent auction make this event the highlight and culmination of a weekend filled with celebration as racers, and their friends, family and fans come from across the country to share in their accomplishments. AOPA is the banquet’s sponsor. This event is open to the public as space allows. (Email Gail@ARCterminus2010.com for ticket information.)
ORIGINIAL ART DISPLAY
OFFICIAL EVENT ARTIST FRANK DUVAL HAS CREATED A SUITE OF DRAWINGS OF WOMEN OF THE 1929 RACE AS WELL AS THOSE OF THE 2010 RACE. THESE WORKS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT ALL THE AIR RACE CLASSIC’S TERMINUS PUBLIC EVENTS.
THE CITY OF FREDERICK IS ALSO HOSTING AN AIRPORT OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY JUNE 26 WHICH WILL START OFF WITH A BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY THE FREDERICK EAA CHAPTER.