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Pancho: The biography of Florence Lowe Barnes Paperback – 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Little Buttes Pub; 1st edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965218104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965218108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara H. Schultz has written a total of four aviation history books that add tremendously to the over-all history of aviation.  Her books are well-researched and give the reader insight into a time with the skies were not as regulated as they are today.  It was an era of 'hedge-hopping' and 'barnstorming'!

More About the Author

I grew up in Coalinga, California, home of the horned toad! Yes, every year we looked forward to the horned toad races at the fair. I attended the University of Southern California and have a Masters degree in Educational Psychology plus 45 units in the doctorate program. I am now retired from Los Angeles County Court Schools as an administrator as well as Chapman University as an adjunct instructor in special education.

Researching aviation history became a primary passion in 1989. I have had the privilege of meeting a multitude of fascinating individuals including many aviation greats Several have become good friends and continue to share their stories with me. A pilot, I belong to the 99s, IWASM, WAI, VAA, and the EAA.

In addition to writing and flying, I thoroughly enjoy creating custom jewelry pieces and designing museum-quality shadow boxes with authentic items.

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2000
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I believe the contents in "Pancho" were very well researched, and the book includes much information I didn't know about one of my heroines. However, I firmly believe that the book could have used a good editor because of mistakes such as "maid of honor" appearing as "made of honor". This is one of about a dozen. Also, somewhere along the line, the author loses interest or something because the writing becomes sketchy, or perhaps the author is unable to progress smoothly from one very blatant item of research to another. In other words, she dumps research on us without having it flow--it simply becomes one statement after another with no connecting threads. The contents notwithstanding, the book was somewhat difficult to read through due to stopping along the way because of a misused word or sentences such as, "Pancho was livid with rage." Duh-h-h. Perhaps people are used to reading illiterate books these days, but I'm not. Unfortunately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lane Aldrich on March 12, 2010
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This is an excellent story of one of the pioneer women pilots. An often overlooked personality, "Pancho" Barnes helped open doors for today's women. From privilege to poverty, Pancho experienced it all. A truly unique character and her well written story.
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WOW ...what else can you say about this persons life. True she had resources, and many people would love to do what she did with her "journey" in life. BUT, to actually doing it....says something else. When she did it , is all the more WOW.
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The story of Florence 'Pancho' Barnes, nicely written. I can't seem to read enough about her...having met her once briefly, in the early '60s. She was visiting Tallmantz Aviation, the hangers owned/operated by Paul Mantz and Frank Tallman.

Talked for a short while, she was personable and relaxed. I felt like I was talking to my favorite aunt.

I believe the book is fairly accurate, as I have been acquainted with some that knew her...
Nevertheless, it is one of my treasures.

Michael E. Lauerman ll
BMW of N. America, ret.
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By Sam Moss on June 20, 2012
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This woman was a hoot in her day and lived for the moment and when I read Chuck Yeagers' autobiography he mentioned her place and some good times so it perked my interest so I got this to follow up on this lively gal. She was also mentioned in other test pilots that matriculated through Muroc in the old days after the war and that only added more gas to the fire so to speak and it was interesting to go back in time and check out those 'good ole days'.

There is another bio in 'The Happy Bottom Riding Club' that is more about the goings on in the 40's & 50's whereas this treatment really covers Panchos' life from beginning to end. What a gal.
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