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The New York Times

Mid-Week Pictorial

Date September 7, 1935
Location Cleveland Ohio United States
Dimensions Image: 8 11/16 x 9 1/8 in. (22.1 x 23.2 cm)
Overall: 13 x 9 9/16 x 1/16 in. (33 x 24.3 x 0.2 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gravure

The first National Air Races in 1929 featured the Women's Air Derby, disparagingly nicknamed "Powder Puff Air Derby." In 1935, the Earhart Prize, for which she donated the $1,250 purse, was won by Melba Beard, a twenty-two-year-old flyer who beat seven other pilots on the twenty-five-mile course.

Credit line

Museum Purchase, 2006

Feedback Accession No. 2006.18.30