1961-The Sunday Herald
California Woman Captures Annual Powder Puff Derby ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (UPD— Mrs. Frances Bera of Long Beach, Calif., today was declared unofficial winner of the 15th annual Powder Puff Derby today, according to tabulations of electronic computer. The results were to be made official later today at a meeting of the all-women pilots in the 2,709-mile cross-country event which started last Saturday in San Diego, Calif. > Mrs. Bera piloted a 225 horsepower Beechcraft Bonanza solo over the derby route. She previously won the air race in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1958, on each occasion with a co-pilot. Mrs. Bera, a veteran of 10,000 fixing hours, also co-piloted the winning entry in the 1951 derby. She crossed the finish line here Friday. Prior to this year'S race only Irene Leverton, North Hollywood, Calif., finished third in her 150 horsepower Morrisey, co-piloted by Mrs. Teckla Kaufman, of Pacific Palisades, Calif. In fourth place was Mrs. Frances Miller, Columbia, S.C. She flew a 180 horsepower Piper Comanche co-piloted by Sylvia Roth, of Glencoc, El. Fifth was Mrs. Pauline Glasson, of Corpus Christi, Tex., who flew a 175 horsepower Cessna Skylark. Her co-pilot was Mrs. Lena Jackson, of Corpus Christi, Tex. Prizes to the-winning pilot include $800 in cash, a trophy and a silver tray.' In addition her name will be inscribed on a trophy kept on display at the National Air Museum in Washington.