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Florence Loentine "Pancho" Lowe Barnes
Birth: Jul. 14, 1901
Pasadena
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1975
Boron
Kern County
California, USA

Aviation Pioneer. Born in San Marino, California, into the prominent Lowe family. Her grandfather, family scion Thaddeus Lowe, was appointed Chief Aeronaut of the Union Army Balloon Corps by President Lincoln during the Civil War and is considered the founding father of the United States Air Force. Under his tutelage, Barnes at an early age learnt horseback riding, camping and hunting along with the more genteel pursuits of dancing and needlework befitting a budding society lady. Despite her marriage in 1919 to Reverend C. Rankin Barnes, Florence eschewed the social strictures of her era to become a pioneer of women's aviation. Florence gained the moniker Pancho, a conflation of the name of Cervantes' character Sancho Panza, during an improbable stint as a gun-runner for Mexican revolutionaries. In 1930 Barnes broke Amelia Earhart's women's speed record in her "Mystery Ship," a Travel Air Model R sponsored by the Union Oil Company. After her marriage to the Reverend Barnes ended in divorce, Pancho founded the Happy Bottom Riding Club, a dude ranch and restaurant serving the test pilots from the adjacent Edwards Airforce Base in Southern California. It was in this role that she was immortalized in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. She died at home in Cantil, California. (bio by: Richard Arthur Fenner) 
 
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 Parents:
  Thaddeus Lowe (1870 - 1955)
  Florence Dobbins Lowe (1873 - 1923)
 
 Children:
  William Emmert Barnes (1921 - 1980)*
 
 Sibling:
  William Emmert Lowe (1896 - 1913)*
  Florence Loentine Lowe Barnes (1901 - 1975)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Her son Bill scattered her ashes out of an airplane over her ranch
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Richard Arthur Fenner
Record added: Dec 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32134405
Florence Loentine Pancho <i>Lowe</i> Barnes
Added by: Richard Arthur Fenner
 
Florence Loentine Pancho <i>Lowe</i> Barnes
Added by: Ron Moody
 
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-Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 26, 2016

- LN
 Added: Feb. 7, 2016
Awesome person in anyone's book.
- PJH / Angelbird
 Added: Jan. 11, 2016
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