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HER STORY (page 2)

Bobbi's License Bobbi saved all she could and accumulated $2,500. She had heard about Burdett Fuller, who owned an airport on South Western Avenue in Los Angeles where he operated Burdett Airlines, Inc., School of Aviation, offering flying lessons for $250. Bobbi went to Burdett and proudly wrote a check for her instruction. She was up at first light on New Year's Day 1928, excited and eager for her first flying lesson.

During the time Bobbi was working on forced landings, she was flying with a young flight instructor. He insisted on making a three-quarter turn at too low an elevation, resulting in spinning in and totaling the Jenny. Bobbi's mother rushed to the hospital after reading of the accident in an article on the front page of the L.A. Times.

Bobbi never wavered or lost her love of flying, and on April 30, 1928 she soloed and received her solo certificate. In the spring of 1928, Bobbi's mother bought her an International K-6, a four-place biplane. Bobbi received her pilot's identification card from the U.S. Department of Commerce on the first day of September 1928. Bobbi soon began to look for business ventures to fund her flying expenses. Her airplane, part of a May Company aviation exhibit, was the most popular in the show. That exposure brought an offer from the Sunset Oil Company to provide aircraft fuel and oil in exchange for permission to paint its logo on the side of her airplane. She accepted. That recognition brought another opportunity.

60-hp experimental plane A short time later when she landed the Jenny after a flight, Bobbi saw a man walking toward her. He was R.O. Bone, builder of the Golden Eagle monoplane, and he needed a good pilot to show the Golden Eagle around the country. Bone offered Bobbi $35 a week plus expenses--a dream come true. She soon flew the Golden Eagle to a first-place finish in an air race at the dedication of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport, now Van Nuys Airport. Before dawn on January 2, 1929, Bobbi took the Golden Eagle on a flight that was not to end until dark. Twelve hours and eleven minutes later she brought the aircraft in for a smooth landing. At only 22, she had just set a new solo endurance record for women, topping the previous record by four hours and made her first night landing. Los Angeles newspapers' headlines read: "AVIATRIX BREAKS WOMEN'S ENDURANCE FLIGHT MARK."
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