GLADYS O'DONNELL - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: MILDRED MORGAN, JEAN LA RENE, RUTH STEWART, RUTH BARRON, MARGERY DOIG - HFSID 287839
FEMALE AVIATION PIONEERS Signatures of 6 participants in the Pacific Women's Air Derby of 1930, including the four top finishers Signatures: "Mildred Morgan", "Jean La Rene", "Gladys O'Donnell", "Ruth Stewart", "Ruth Barron", 4x3 card.
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FEMALE AVIATION PIONEERS
Signatures of 6 participants in the Pacific Women's Air Derby of 1930, including the four top finishers
Signatures: "Mildred Morgan", "Jean La Rene", "Gladys O'Donnell", "Ruth Stewart", "Ruth Barron", 4x3 card. GLADYS O'DONNELL (1904-1973) won the 1930 Pacific Women's Air Derby, flying from Long Beach to Chicago at an average speed of 150 miles per hour. O'Donnell, a Republican Party activist, had a radio program, Sky Doings, and was the first female pilot shown in a movie (White Sister). MILDRED MORGAN placed second in the derby. A frequent race competitor, she was a Secretary of the female flight pioneers group: the Ninety-Nines. JEAN LA RENE (b. Florence Donohue in 1901) placed third. She won a side contest for dead stick landings. La Rene, the seventh woman to qualify as a transport pilot, and was a charter member of the Ninety-Nines. RUTH STEWART (1906-1932) placed fourth. Stewart, who had logged 700 hours as a pilot, was killed two years later after crashing in the mountains of Pennsylvania in fog and rain, while preparing for a bid to break the New York to Buenos Aires speed record. RUTH BARRON (1910-1936) won the first lap of the race, but finished out of the running after her flight was interrupted by mechanical problems near Phoenix. In 1931, Barron traveled to Japan in preparation for at attempt at the first trans-Pacific flight (with Thomas Ash). The flight was canceled due to inclement weather, but Barron met and later married William Mason, the US Vice Consul in Japan. She was killed in 1936 when her aircraft caught fire in the air, the result either of an overheated engine or of one of the cigarettes she chain smoked. MARGERY DOIG (1900-1973) was a close second in the race as far as Douglas, Arizona, but mechanical problems in Kansas dropped her out of contention. She finished second, however, to Gladys O'Donnell in the closed circuit air race which followed. Doig had opened the 1930 baseball season for the Eastern League by throwing out the first pitch (from her aircraft). She was another charter member of the Ninety-Nines. Edges lightly frayed and toned. Corners worn. Notch at bottom edge and top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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