1967 Powder Puff Derby Program - All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race Atlantic City to Torrance California


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Officlal program, 21st annual race. 48pp, illus, 8.5x11". Includes list of contestants, sponsors, stops on route-of-flight, contestant bios and photos, a special welcome page from William T. Piper and a list of handicaps. Inserted is a program for the International Convention of the 99's which was held at trhe Smithsonian a week before the start of the race. Very good, owner's ink name on cover and some notes on back cover. The first Woman's Air Derby (later coined the “Power Puff Derby” by Will Rogers) was held on Aug 18, 1929; it was closely associated with the 99's whose first president was Amelia Earhart. Following various race activities with women contestants through the 1930s, the Powder Puff Derby was revived after WWII in 1947. That year there were only two contestants. The race was re-named the All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR) which continued for 30 years. The race was discontinued after 1977 due to rising costs, decreased sponsorship and air traffic concerns. Subsequent races were named “Air Race Classics” and today the 99s sponsor a smaller race over a 4-day period which concentrates on efficient cross-country flying.