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17 August 2015

Own "The Legend" on DVD!

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The DVD of The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club featuring BOTH the broadcast and "uncensored" versions of the film is now available through To purchase, simply click HERE. Or to order by phone call our friends at the EAA at 1.800.564.6322 (outside USA 920.426.6761).

PanchoBox3DProduct Description
The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club is a documentary profile of one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century. Florence ''Pancho'' Barnes became the first female stunt pilot in Hollywood in 1929 and shattered Amelia Earhart's air speed record in 1930. In the 1940's and 50's, Pancho entertained the best test pilots in the world men with the right stuff at her ''Happy Bottom Riding Club'' guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base. When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the rocket-powered Bell X-1 in 1947, he and his team partied with Pancho. A friend of the fast and the famous, Pancho Barnes was a swaggering, forceful woman whose exploits and accomplishments are truly the stuff of legend.

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and film footage and interviews with many of Pancho's friends including astronaut Buzz Aldrin and famed test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover and Chuck Yeager The Legend of Pancho Barnes is an unforgettable, exciting, and poignant romp through aviation history. Narrated by Tom Skerritt, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes.

This deluxe DVD features both the broadcast (57 minute) and extended version (64 minute) of the documentary, along with nearly 18 minutes of additional video including deleted scenes. It also features an audio commentary from writer/producer Nick Spark and director Amanda Pope, a study guide for secondary school students prepared by the staff of the International Women's Air and Space Museum, and more. Please note, the extended version of the documentary contains some material that may be deemed inappropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.

Color and B&W. Presented in 16:9 widescreen and in surround sound.

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