Amelia Earhart with Group of Pilots at the First Women's Air Derby, August 1929

Summary

The inaugural Women's Air Derby of 1929 was the first all-female air race in the United States. Most of the 20 competitors suffered some misfortune during the race from Santa Monica to Cleveland, but none was worse than the accident that claimed Marvel Crosson's life. Louise Thaden won the event with a time of 20 hours, 19 minutes and 4 seconds.

The inaugural Women's Air Derby of 1929 was the first all-female air race in the United States. Most of the 20 competitors suffered some misfortune during the race from Santa Monica to Cleveland, but none was worse than the accident that claimed Marvel Crosson's life. Louise Thaden won the event with a time of 20 hours, 19 minutes and 4 seconds.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

August 1929

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

Mary E. Von Mach Papers 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

70.12.3.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10 in

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