Crosson was the only pilot to die in the Powder Puff Derby. She was a very fine pilot who flew was a bush pilot in Alaska. She an her bother Joe went to Alaska because they knew that there were many jobs there. They intended to start an airline but the racing bug hit Marvel.
Before The Derby Marvel flew the entire course to know the route. She had the fastest plane in the race and was favored to be the winner. She was warned of sabotage because her plane was so much faster than the other planes. Marvel wasn’t deterred. She was confident that she would win.
After winning Marvel planned to go back to Alaska to build a home and continue to develop the airline business with her brother. She wasn’t afraid or concerned about the warnings of sabotage.
Unfortunately, she had problems right away. She damaged the left-wing after an accident. That was easy to first but soon she developed engine trouble. She was such a
fine pilot…how could this happen! Well it happened. By definition, I was an accident.
After the plane was repaired she took of again to continue in the race.
Tragedy struck when it was reported that Marvel had disappeared. No one knew where she was until her body was found in the desert of Arizona. The women of The Derby were shocked. Marvel was one of the most qualified pilots in the race. She was an amazing pilot. After her plane was repaired her engine again developed problems.
Marvel’s body was found near her plane. Residents of the town of Welton, Arizona saw a plane falling out of the sky.
Reports from residents said her probably tried to jump to safety. How could this happen. Marvel’s plane was the fastest plane in this race…168 miles an hour! She also was the one of the most experienced…yet she crashed. Why…why..why?