Pancho Barnes was only ten years old when she went to an airshow with her grandfather, an American aviation pioneer. But she didn’t learn to fly until her later 20s, when she was driving her cousin to his flying lessons and decided she wanted to learn as well.
That was 1928. Two years later she broke Amelia Earhart’s world women’s speed record.
She then moved to Hollywood, where she worked as a stunt pilot in movies. Where she helped with some of the stunts in Hell’s Angels. And where later she became the founder of the first movie stunt pilots’ union.
Pancho lived out many stories thoughtout her life, always doing her best to follow one of her mottos: “When you have a choice, choose happy!”