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Synopsis: A charismatic figure featured in Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff, Florence "Pancho" Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation. A tough and fearless aviatrix, Pancho was a rival of Amelia Earhart's who made a name for herself as Hollywood's first female stunt pilot. Just before WWII she opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous -- some would say notorious -- hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the "Happy Bottom Riding Club", it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age. Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle caroused in the bar. The Club's destruction by fire in 1953 is seen by many to mark the end of a Golden Era in post-WWII aviation. In the same fashion Pancho herself has become something of a legend, a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown. Until now.

A documentary film produced and written by Nick Spark and directed by Amanda Pope. Featuring interviews with test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover and Chuck Yeager, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and biographers Barbara Schultz and Lauren Kessler. Narrated by Tom Skerritt with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes.

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05 July 2011

OshKosh 2011 Screenings

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The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club are returning to EAA AirVenture! This year there will be five screenings, each at the Skyscape Theater.  This is a special year at OshKosh, in that 2011 festivities include a tribute to one of the most storied air showmen in history, and friend of Pancho's, our own R.A. "Bob" Hoover.  So we are absolutely thrilled to be included.

Screening times are as follows:

Sun 7/24    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM  
Mon 7/25    8:45 AM - 9:45 AM  
Tue 7/26    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM 
Fri 7/29    4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Sat 7/30    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

A good friend of the production, Ramona "Skychick" Cox will be on hand to answer questions for at least one of these screenings.  The Pancho DVD will be available at the EAA's main bookstore right near the flightline.



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