Arizona Edition: Remembering the Pilots of the First Women's National Air Derby

Aug 16, 2019

90 years ago 20 women competed in the first Women’s National Air Derby, an airplane race that took them from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio -- with a stop in Yuma.

You may have heard of one of the race participants – Amelia Earhardt, but by and large the women, each a pioneer in aviation, are largely forgotten.

Today we’ll talk to the producer of a documentary about the race to learn more about the First Women’s National Air Derby, including tales of sabotage, sexism, and even death.

Heather Taylor is executive producer of the film, "Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby."  Taylor tells us about the race and the aviation pioneers who took part.

More information about an event in Yuma celebrating the race at

More information about the documentary "Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby"