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The Emmy™Award-Winning Documentary Film

"Broadcast" version now airing on most public television stations.

"Uncensored" version now on DVD and in film festivals.

Synopsis: A charismatic figure featured in Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff, Florence "Pancho" Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation. A tough and fearless aviatrix, Pancho was a rival of Amelia Earhart's who made a name for herself as Hollywood's first female stunt pilot. Just before WWII she opened a ranch near Edwards Air Force Base that became a famous -- some would say notorious -- hangout for test pilots and movie stars. Known as the "Happy Bottom Riding Club", it became the epicenter of the aviation world during the early jet age. Chuck Yeager celebrated breaking the sound barrier there in 1947, and Howard Hughes and Jimmy Doolittle caroused in the bar. The Club's destruction by fire in 1953 is seen by many to mark the end of a Golden Era in post-WWII aviation. In the same fashion Pancho herself has become something of a legend, a fascinating yet enigmatic icon whose swagger is often celebrated, but whose story has been largely unknown. Until now.

A documentary film produced and written by Nick Spark and directed by Amanda Pope. Featuring interviews with test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover and Chuck Yeager, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and biographers Barbara Schultz and Lauren Kessler. Narrated by Tom Skerritt with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes.

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01 August 2009


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If you have not purchased tickets to our Los Angeles premiere on Thursday, September 10th, don't delay!  We're on pace to sell out the Aero Theater, and we'd hate for you to be left out.  To purchaJoeJones2se tickets, click on the "Premiere" link on the right hand side of the website.  You can either purchase tickets electronically via Paypal, or through the mail using a downloadable application.  If you do plan to order through the mail, it is advisable at this point to send us an email so that we can make sure to hold seats for you.

So far we've received a lot of RSVP's, including many of the people who appear in the film, and at least one astronaut.  We've also received word that our silent auction will include some wonderful aviation memorabilia, including some memorabilia directly connected to Pancho herself.  Trust us, the Aero screening promises to be a truly special event, that you'll be telling people about for months if not years to come!



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