Beyond The Powder: The Legacy Of The First Women's Cross-Country Air Race
Airs Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Beyond The Powder: The Legacy Of The First Women's Cross-Country Air Race follows the 2014 Air Race Classic racers as they make their way across the country, while telling the story of the original race of 1929, also known as the Powder Puff Derby.
The first Women’s Air Derby in 1929 was flown from Santa Monica, California to the finish line in Cleveland, Ohio kicking off the National Air Races.
The eyes of the country watched as these brave women made history flying cross-country, breaking into a competition that was thought to be for men only.
They encountered sabotage, death, and all the difficulties of flying at the dawn of aviation.
Today the Powder Puff Derby continues as the Air Race Classic.
The modern day racers carry out the legacy of the original racers with their adventurous and rebellious spirit.
Showing that they were more than just their make-up, the original Derby contestants have inspired those flying today to truly push beyond the powder.
"It is just plain inspiring, making us all feel like we were right up there with them as they continue to blaze a trail across the sky" —Nancy Parrish - Wings Across America