So you thought only the guys could fly? Think again!
By now I'm sure you're aware of the lovely Mrs. Earhart, "Lady Lindy" as she is oft called, now that she has duplicated Lindbergh's solo transatlantic flight, besting his time by half in a Vega 5B...only 15 hours from Newfoundland to Ireland!
But Mrs. Earhart isn't alone. A whole slew of Aviatrices is giving the men a run for their money, be it in records, races, or distance flights. Names like Amy Johnson, Jaqueline Cochran, Marjorie Doig, and Bobbi Trout are breaking into the record books alongside their masculine compatriots and rivals. In fact a whole organization of woman pilots calling themselves the "Ninety Nines" after their 99 charter members is standing up. [image from dmairfield.com]
And we have with us today one of the ninety nines, a record-setting aviatrix, world traveller, barnstormer and winner of countless air races, the incredible Florence Lowe Barnes, granddaughter of the Great US Army Civil War hot air balloon pioneer Thaddeus S.C. Lowe. [image from thelegendofpanchobarnes.com]
She prefers to go by Pancho.
Now, based on all the newsreels you've undoubtedly seen by now, your image of an aviatrix is likely the sweet, demure little lady who smiles softly and waves from the cockpit.
That's not Pancho. She's one of the guys and damned well lets you know it. She'll out drink, out smoke, out fly, and out curse any man you care to name. And while her rival Amelia might be content with a three or five letter word, Pancho goes straight for the four-letter ones.
Needless to say she gets along great with the Cabaret.
Watch out, Amelia. Pancho's looking to take over the spotlight! And she's talking to fellow aviator and Hollywood mogul Howard Hughes, so you might soon be seeing her flying in Hollywood, folks!
Now, folks, for tonight's music we salute an amazing aviatrix from across the pond, the wonderful Amy Johnson of England who captured the imagination of the world when she flew her Gipsy Moth biplane "Jason" all the way from London to Australia. Here is Jack Hylton and his Orchestra with their salute to her, "Amy, Wonderful Amy".
So in that spirit, let's offer up a toast to the amazing angels of the air, the aviatrices!
The weather can get kind of bad up there in the air, so how about a nice Foghorn?
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Pour gin and lime juice into an Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir well. Top with ginger ale and stir slightly. Garnish with a lime wedge.