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1st Women's Air Derby death... ...



Item # 646837

August 21, 1929

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 21, 1929

* 1st Women's Air Derby begins
* "Powder Puff Derby"
* Marvel Crosson's crash & death


The front page has a three column headline: "GIRL FLIER KILLED, AIR DERBY CRITICIZED" with subheads that include: "Miss Crosson Dies In Fall" "Evidently Leaped at Low Elevation, Parachute Failing to Open" and more. (see) Lengthy coverage continues inside with photo.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 56 pages, minor spine wear, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: The first Women’s Air Derby during the 1929 National Air Races, commonly known as the “Powder Puff Derby”, was the first official women-only air race in the United States. Nineteen pilots took off from Santa Monica, California, on August 18, 1929 (another left the next day). Fifteen made it to Cleveland, Ohio, nine days later.

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