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blank 11/02/09 12:39PM Events, Palm Springs Air Mjuseum, Panch Barnes, Warbirds, WWII

Special Screening at the Palm Springs Air Museum
The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club”, followed by Q & A with Writer-Producer

Palm Springs Air Museum,Pancho Barnes

On Wednesday evening, November 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM the Palm Springs Air Museum presents a Special Screening of the 2009 documentary, “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club”.  Writer-producer Nick Spark introduces the 64 minute documentary and does a Q & A immediately following the screening. Admission is free to members, $5 for the general public.  RSVP to (760) 778-6262 x 221, seating is limited.

Barnes saw her first air show at the age of 9 and starting setting endurance records within three years of her first air lesson. This documentary is sure to fascinate the general public as well as aviation buffs.  NOTE: Some material may be deemed inappropriate for younger viewers, so parental discretion is advised.

Barnes was an Aviation Pioneer who set endurance records, broke Amelia Earhardt’s 1930 speed record; was Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot; helped organize the Women’s Air Reserve and the Motion Picture Stunt Pilots; and owned and operated a resort near Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert that catered to test pilots, generals and private pilots.  Famed ACE Jimmy Doolittle gave the eulogy at her funeral and she was lifelong friends with Chuck Yeager.

The film is produced by Nick Spark Productions, in affiliation with KOCE-TV, Public Television of Orange County.  Nick Spark wrote and produced, with direction by Amanda Pope.  Tom Skerritt narrates and Kathy Bates voices Pancho Barnes. A few of the participants in the documentary include Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, scientist / astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Brig. Gen. Robert Cardenas and retired judge and US Secretary of Education, the Hon. Shirley Hufstedler.

MEMBERS: FREE ** GENERAL PUBLIC: $5 ** (760)778-6262 x221

The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, educate and honor our veterans. Over 28 flyable planes and interactive exhibits are housed in 75,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangar.


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