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NATIONAL AIR RACES, 1936


The 1936 National Air Races (NAR) were held in Los Angeles, CA September 4-8. Two significant events that year were the introduction of the Caudron-Renault racer by Michel Detroyat of France, and the winning of the Bendix cross-country competition by two women, Register pilots Louise Thaden and Blanche Wilcox Noyes. Detroyat beat all comers in the events he entered (e.g. 247.3 MPH in the Greve Trophy Race tabulated below), and it was the first time women had every won the Bendix Race.

Two articles from Popular Aviation (PA) magazine, November, 1936 are below. They give a popular snapshot of what it was like to be in attendance.

Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)
Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)

Few of the Golden Age National Air Races were without accidents. Two of them appear on the first page of the three-page article below. Register pilot Roscoe Turner crashed his Bendix airplane over New Mexico.

Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)
Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)

The second page of the article includes summary tables of major events and winners. There were many other events. The tables read like a who's who of Register signers. Besides those linked above, among women there were Amelia Earhart, Laura Ingalls, Gladys O'Donnell, Nancy Love, Melba Beard and Henrietta Sumner. And men George Pomeroy, Harold Neumann and Art Chester. Winners walked away with thousands of dollars.

Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)
Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)

More information about the 1936 NAR is available at this 1937 REFERENCE, pp. 204 and 413 (see left sidebar).

Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)
Popular Aviation, November, 1936 (Source: PA)

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