Stories at the Stafford – June 9th at 7pm!

Spend an enjoyable evening as noted historian Barbara Schultz reflects on the life of aviatrix Pancho Barnes through images and anecdotes! Pancho was one of aviation’s most colorful members.  In the 1920s, she barnstormed her way through the skies to become one of the best, capturing the women’s speed record in 1930. The test pilots of Edwards Air Force Base designated Pancho’s bar, the Happy Bottom Riding Club, their unofficial debriefing room in the 1950s. Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Doolittle, Howard Hughes, and Chuck Yeager were counted among Pancho’s pilot friends. Spontaneous, adventurous, and dedicated to both flying and friends, Pancho lived a remarkable life.

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Guest Speaker: Barbara Schultz

A noted aviation historian and author, Barbara Schultz now has four books in print:  Pancho: The Biography of Florence Lowe Barnes; Wedell-Williams Air Service; Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens; and Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying.  In addition to her books and magazine articles, she has been a consultant and participant in two aviation documentaries: The Happy Bottom Riding Club and Breaking through the Clouds.  All of her projects are well-researched, documented, and include many first-person interviews with pioneering pilots. Find out more at!

Barbara earned her pilot’s license in 1978, purchased a 1950 Cessna 140A, and married her test pilot husband Phil.  Two years and two sons later, they established their own airport in the Antelope Valley where they still live.  Their large hangar/house contains a ‘flock’ of planes – the 140A waiting for new wings, a 1969 Cessna 150, Bonanza, Beech 18, and a Cub project.

A member of the Ninety-Nines, IWASM, WAI, VAA, EAA, and Women of Worldwide Aviation Week, it’s clear that aviation is more than just a hobby for the Schultz family.  It’s a life style!

Stafford Air & Space Museum

Thursday, June 9th at 7:00pm

*Refreshments will be served*


“Stories at the Stafford” is a special speaker series offered free to our members!

($5 for non-members)

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Camp Invention is June 13th-17th at the Stafford Museum!








Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Stafford Air & Space Museum is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades 1st through 6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on June 13th with Tanner Wheeler serving as Director of the Epic™ program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

• Brainstorming product ideas and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices
• Exploring the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments
• Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat
• Discovering the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding

All activities give participants the opportunity to be a part of something big while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register on or before May 10, 2016 to receive $15 OFF the base price of $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

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