1933 Vicky asked the Department of Commerce to change her address from the Roosevelt Field to Hotel Shelton in San Francisco. She lived in one address after another. Another record stated that she lived with her sister-in-law Mrs. Lee Florsheim. Another address was 420 Addison. Then she lived at 420 Diversey in Chicago. She lived with my dad at 3923 Frontier.
Her last address was Victorine Lederer % General Delivery, Juneau, Alaska. Ancestry.com listed her work as a waitress in that city. I really don’t know the truth.My family told me that she had a flying school in Juneau. I hope to find out more information from the Juneau Historical Museum. I will add more to this blog as I find out more.
So many mysteries about Vicky. Maybe I’ll unravel some more about Vicky. If not Vicky will remain a wonder mystery to me.
A tenacious pilot who never quit
Bobbi wore a flying suit that was given to her as a gift. She wore a leather helmet and an electronically heated flying suit. Amelia admired it so much that she had one designed for herself. What an innovation to protect pilot from the freezing weather at high altitudes.
Bobbi soloed after 10 hours of flight
She won 2nd place in non-refueling endurance record
Completed the Powder Puff Derby but was not timed
2nd to accomplish non-refueling endurance record
Co-founded the Women’s Air Reserve
Honored in 1986 for her contribution in the field of aviation
Bobbi had many challenges in each flight she made. She was determined to complete the the races and achieve the many records. Many times she didn’t make her goals but just attempting these difficult flights was incredible.
Mae Haizlip, like many other women pilots, learned to fly from her husband. James Haizlip was a pilot in WW I. He was famous as a racing pilot and had a flying school. Mae also was a successful pilot and won many races. Jimmy didn’t like his wife as a pilot. His opinion was so much like so many other men in 1920’s and 1930’s but Mae continued to fly.
Jimmy and Mae soon began to fly in many races in all over the country. Both won races. Of course, Mae could only enter races for women. It wasn’t till 1936 that women could enter air races with male pilots. The Haizlip’s were talented pilots but it was Mae who like her husband Lloyd O’Donnell flew planes as a hobby. Soon he decided to make aviation his full-time work. He opened the O’Donnell School of Flying. Gladys was scared that something would happen to her husband leave her a widow with two young children. After Lindbergh’s flight Gladys caught the fire to fly. She knew that she must learn to fly. She and her husband formed the O’Donnell Flying Circus. The “Flying Circus” was popular during the time between the world wars. This was the time of “barnstorming.” She and Gladys performed many acrobatic tricks. This was a very dangerous time and many pilots.
Achievements and Records:
- Second woman to receive a commercial license.
- Women’s speed record for seven years.
- Second highest money winner man or women in the National Air Races.
- Charter member of the 99 aviation organization for women.
- She became 99’s Executive Committee
- Air Marking Chairman.
- Came in 7th place omen’s Air Race
- Test pilot
- several aircraft companies. Women never were hired for these positions. Men didn’t believe that women were to be trusted to fly these planes.
- Won second place 7th place in the All-Women’s Transcontinental Air Race.
- Set a new speed record of 252 miles per hour.
- First woman to be hired as traffic manager of a major airline.
Mae didn’t fly for the glory but to show others that women they could excel in areas that previously were a man’s world. That’s why my blog is titled They Dared To Fly In A Man’s World.
Many of the pilots of the Powder Puff Derby married men who were pilots. Many of them were in the first world war and then became barnstormers. Gladys and her husband Lloyd O’Donnell was a pilot in World War 1 and still wanted to fly. Gladys didn’t want to keep flying because she had two children and was so afraid that Loyd would be killed. Many other pilots had been killed doing dangerous stunts in the air. After Lindbergh’s flight she caught the flying bug. She took lessons from her husband and they formed the O’Donnell Flying Show. They continued this to earn a living. The flying circuses important in the era between the two world wars. World War 1 was over and pilots still wanted to fly so they formed these flying circuses to make a living “Barnstorming.” The era of barnstorming passed. The government thought barnstorming was too dangerous so it was outlawed.
Achievements and Records:
- First licensed woman pilot in California
- Second in Powder Puff Derby
- Charter member of the Ninety-Nines
- Radio Program: Sky Doing
- Stunt pilot in movie “The White Sister”
- Chicago Air Race: Put plane in vertical bank fifty feet from ground.
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?