Winner of an Emmy and multiple film festival awards including Best Documentary Film and Audience Awards in 2010, The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club
is a fun-filled documentary romp through the life of one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century. Florence ''Pancho'' Barnes was the first woman stunt pilot in Hollywood in 1929 and shattered Amelia Earhart's air speed record in 1930. In the 1940's and 50's, Pancho entertained the greatest test pilots in the world, the men with the right stuff
at the infamous ''Happy Bottom Riding Club'' guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base. When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 in 1947, he partied with Pancho. A friend of the fast and the famous, Pancho Barnes was a swaggering, forceful, ill-behaved woman whose exploits and accomplishments are truly the stuff of legend. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and film footage
and interviews with many of Pancho's friends including astronaut Buzz Aldrin
and famed test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover
and Chuck Yeager
, The Legend of Pancho Barnes
is an unforgettable, exciting, and poignant romp through aviation history. Narrated by Tom Skerritt
, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes
. This multi-award-winning film has screened
throughout the United States on public television (PBS), in Australia, and in nearly a dozen film festivals. Celebrated within the aviation community, it was specially screened at the EAA's AirVenture in 2010 and 2011, at AOPA's annual convention, at Sun 'N Fun, the Arlington Fly In, NASA Dryden, and at scores of air museums nationwide. This deluxe DVD features both the broadcast version
(as seen on public television) and the special uncensored
film festival version of the documentary, along with nearly 18 minutes of additional video including deleted scenes. It also features commentary from writer/producer Nick Spark and director Amanda Pope, a study guide for secondary school students, and more.
If you haven't seen the film, and you love aviation history ... you need to see it.
--PilotMag, July 2010Aficionados of aviation's golden age will find a life and times tale here that is as entertaining as it is comprehensive.
--Aviation History, March 2011A thoroughly entertaining look at a very unconventional life. If all you know of Pancho Barnes comes from Kim Stanley's portrayal of her in The Right Stuff, well, you've come to the right place.
--After Ellen, July 2009