|Come Fly with Marge!
Painesville’s Forgotten Record Setter
Miss Hurlbert was part of the 1943 Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASP), after the
war, she obtained her rating as a flight instructor and worked at the Willoughby
airfield, where she began learning aerobatics in the AT-6 aircraft. Not long
afterwards, she won the top prize at the women's Halle Trophy Race at the
Cleveland Air Races.
In 1947, Hurlburt set a new international
women's flight-speed record of 337 miles
per hour, besting the previous women's
record of 292.27 mph set by Cochran a
decade earlier. She set the record in a
loaned FG-1 Corsair. Following her
record-setting flight, the media dubbed
her "Queen of the Air". During this
period, she served on the board of
directors of the Professional Race Pilots
Association, representing the interests of female pilots.
That same year, she joined the Flying Tigers aerial circus to raise money for a
midget racer she was designing known as the "Hurlburt Hurricane." Only a few days
later, she was taking part an air show at Decorah, Iowa, in a borrowed AT-6, when
her aircraft crashed during a slow roll, killing her instantly. The International
Woman’s Air & Space Museum holds some artifacts from her life.
|Information found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marge_Hurlburt
Come celebrate her life with a presentation on:
April 30, 2017 at Rider’s Inn on Route 20 in Painesville, OH 44077
From: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Food, displays, program, cash bar, music and more
Cost: $45 per person or $75 per patron (receives 2 tickets)
For more information please call 216.623.1111 or stop in at Rider’s Inn to pick up your
tickets for this event to celebrate Painesville History and Women in Aviation.