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BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS:
THE FIRST WOMEN'S NATIONAL AIR DERBY


BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS: The First Women's National Air Derby is a documentary that showcases ACTUAL FOOTAGE of the 1929 air race. In addition, there are AERIAL RECREATIONS in the film using planes like the women flew in the derby including: TRAVEL AIR, WACO, MONOCOUPE AND FLEET.

There are images of the women in the race that have rarely been seen before. There are interviews in the film with legendary pilot ELINOR SMITH SULLIVAN, National Aerobatic Champion PATTY WAGSTAFF, aerobatic pilot JULIE CLARK, family members of the pilots in the derby, aviation historians and people who knew the women racers personally.

"This wonderful film highlights spunky, gutsy, brave women — women, whose go-for-it attitudes made aviation history. Their accomplishments were an important stepping stone in history for today's women pilots and showed how extraordinary women can do anything they decide to do. Ilove the way it was filmed and think it should be required watching for anyone involved in aviation."

          — Patty Wagstaff, National Aerobatic Champion

You have magnificently told the great, true story about the women of the Derby, and the purpose of why they flew it. You've made each of them and the Derby come to life again. I'm so appreciative of how you portrayed my mother Louise Thaden's beautiful soul, and her determination and courage to be a great pilot, and what flying and flight meant to her. She, and the other 19 pilots who flew this first race, earned their right, and the right for all women, to be able to participate in the development of aviation. Your film is a real tribute to my mother and to the others, and I'm forever grateful that their forgotten story has come to the screen for all to see. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS. I know Louise Thaden is patting you on the back and saying "Job well done, Heather".

          — Pat Thaden Webb, Louise Thaden's Daughter

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The DVD has OVER 2 HOURS of material with 20 MINUTES OF BONUS MATERIAL including
  • ADDITIONAL STORIES OF EVENTS THAT HAPPENED IN THE RACE AND OBSTACLES THE WOMEN OVERCAME
  • BREECHES TO BALLGOWNS: WHAT THE WOMEN WORE
  • TECHNICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLANES FLOWN IN THE DERBY as well as Navigational Challenges
  • SPONOSRING THE RACE: THE NATIONAL EXCHANGE CLUB'S ROLE
  • ELINOR SMITH SULLIVAN'S STORY, IN HER OWN WORDS, ABOUT FLYING UNDER THE 4 EAST NYC BRIDGES
Breaking Through the Clouds was produced by an independent producer. To support both the film and its mission as well as supporting the vision of independent artists, please consider purchasing a DVD or supporting the film however you can. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.



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