Louise McPhetridge Thaden Collection, 1925-1949

Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905-1979) distinguished herself as an aviatrix who set a number of speed and endurance records in the early years of aviation. In December 1928 she set a new altitude record of 20,260 feet. Three months later she set a new US women's endurance record, remaining aloft in a Travel Air 3000 for 22 hours, 3 minutes. In the 1929 National Women's Air Derby she flew a Travel Air B-4000 to a first-place victory, then set a refueling duration record (with Frances Marsalis) at 196 hours, a light plane speed record (100 km), and a new east-west speed record. In 1936 she became the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy, flying a Wright-powered Beech C17R Staggerwing. Thaden was a founder and charter member of the Ninety-Nines (VP, 1931-33), and later was closely associated with the Civil Air Patrol and Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS; member, 1959-61)

This collection consists of photographs, news clippings, and correspondence documenting Thaden's aviation career

Physical Description:
2.08 linear feet

Date:
1925-1945

Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Creator
Thaden, Louise (McPhetridge) 1905-1979
Subject
Ninety-Nines (Organization)
United States Civil Air Patrol
National Women's Air Derby 1929
Bendix Trophy

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Louise McPhetridge Thaden Collection

Local number
XXXX-0006
1986-0042
1986-0118

Type
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Photographs
Publications
Maps
Scrapbooks
Periodicals

Topic
Aeronautics
Women in aeronautics

Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905-1979) distinguished herself as an aviatrix who set a number of speed and endurance records in the early years of aviation. In December 1928 she set a new altitude record of 20,260 feet. Three months later she set a new US women's endurance record, remaining aloft in a Travel Air 3000 for 22 hours, 3 minutes. In the 1929 National Women's Air Derby she flew a Travel Air B-4000 to a first-place victory, then set a refueling duration record (with Frances Marsalis) at 196 hours, a light plane speed record (100 km), and a new east-west speed record. In 1936 she became the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy, flying a Wright-powered Beech C17R Staggerwing. Thaden was a founder and charter member of the Ninety-Nines (VP, 1931-33), and later was closely associated with the Civil Air Patrol and Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS; member, 1959-61)

This collection consists of photographs, news clippings, and correspondence documenting Thaden's aviation career

Physical Description:
2.08 linear feet

Date:
1925-1945

Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Creator
Thaden, Louise (McPhetridge) 1905-1979
Subject
Ninety-Nines (Organization)
United States Civil Air Patrol
National Women's Air Derby 1929
Bendix Trophy

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum Archives

See more items in
Louise McPhetridge Thaden Collection

Local number
XXXX-0006
1986-0042
1986-0118

Type
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Diaries
Photographs
Publications
Maps
Scrapbooks
Periodicals

Topic
Aeronautics
Women in aeronautics

ID: XXXX-0006