Heather Taylor is the writer, producer, director and researcher of the award-winning Breaking Through the Clouds. Heather is the foremost authority on the First Women’s National Air Derby and also a recipient of the prestigious Combs Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Amelia Earhart and 19 other women defied convention by racing across the sky in 1929 to compete in the first women’s national air derby. With just a compass and road map to guide them, they navigated through rough weather, mechanical failures, public scrutiny and rumors of sabotage. Wearing breeches and goggles during the day and ball gowns in the evening, these aviators challenged stereotypes by proving women could be independent, competitive, self-sufficient, intelligent, graceful and above all, really good pilots.
Breaking Through the Clouds shows actual footage from the 1929 air race, aerial recreations using planes like the women flew in the derby, interviews with legendary pilots Elinor Smith and Patty Wagstaff as well as family members of the pilots and aviation experts.
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