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Photos from: Channeling Amelia Earhart: 99's Re-enact Powder Puff Derby, Flying from Santa Monica Airport

Connie Schur

The Women's Air Derby was the first official women-only air race in the United States, taking place during the 1929 National Air Races. Humorist Will Rogers referred to it as the Powder Puff Derby, the name by which the race is most commonly known. Nineteen pilots took off from Santa Monica, California on August 18, 1929.

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