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

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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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Chaney is the Marketing & Development Coordinator at the Stafford Air & Space Museum. Feel free to reach out via email at or phone at 580-772-5871.