Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Aviation film producer to receive award for Breaking Through the Clouds

From Dayton Daily News: Aviation film producer to receive award

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The National Aviation Hall of Fame will present an award and $20,000 cash prize to filmmaker Heather Taylor, of Columbia, Md., for her documentary about a 1929 race between female pilots flying from Santa Monica, Calif., to Cleveland, Ohio.

The aviation hall, based in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, said Tuesday it will present its Combs Gates Award to Taylor on Oct. 11 at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. The award is given in recognition of aviation history research and preservation efforts.

Taylor’s film, “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby,” used actual footage of the 1929 summer air race. The competition featured pilots including Amelia Earhart. Taylor spent 13 years researching, writing and producing the film. Information about the film is available online at www.breakingthroughtheclouds.com.

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