Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Susan Oliver’s National Air Race Victory

Posted on July 8, 2015 in News

It was 45 years ago today, 8 July 1970, that Susan Oliver and Margaret Mead won the prestigious Powder Puff Derby women’s coast-to-coast air race.  The race’s heritage goes back to the late 1920s and it was considered quite an accomplishment, receiving much media attention.  Sadly, rising fuel costs and other modern headaches finally led to its cancellation in 1977.

Susan was able to secure the backing of Virginia Slims for her 1970 flight, making it one of the very first times the company backed a women’s sporting event (they were eventually to become best known for their corporate sponsorship of women’s tennis).

Susan Oliver & Margaret Mead win the 1970 Powder Puff Derby (July 8, 1970)

Susan Oliver & Margaret Mead win the 1970 Powder Puff Derby (July 8, 1970)

2 comments on “Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of Susan Oliver’s National Air Race Victory
  1. Cynthia says:

    She was so amazing. She was called home way, way too soon. You’re still missed.

  2. Ross W. Earle, Jr. says:

    Just watched a 1962 episode of Wagon Train in which Susan Oliver played dance hall girl Lily Legend. What beautiful blue eyes! Glad I googled to find out more about this remarkably talented young woman.

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