Clark County Historical Museum wraps up its 2022 History on Tap season with “Storming the Skies: The 1930 Northwest Air Tour and Women Aviators.”
In the 1930s, barnstorming, or "Air Circus", tours swept through the nation introducing the fledgling aviation industry to the general public through aeronautic feats and challenges. The Northwest Air Tour was one such group that traveled throughout Oregon and Washington promoting aviation to the masses. At these early airshows, local women barnstormers of 1920s and 1930s both set records and challenged assumptions that the sky was an environment only for men.
In our final History on Tap of the 2022 season, Dave Hedberg of Outdoor History Consulting looks at the people behind this story and the layers of history in the environment of the sky.
“These women pilots were local celebrities most have now forgotten,” explained Hedberg. “They both pushed the boundaries of flight and demonstrated new possibilities in the sky.”
Before the main event, see if you can figure out which tidbits of history are true and which ones are fake in our newest segment, "A History and A Lie". And watch as the Business Over Beer crew continue their battle for the title of “King of Trivia” during Clark County Trivia.
The History on Tap season is brought to you by Business Over Beer. Special thanks to all our season sponsors Vancouver’s Downtown Association, Mickler & Associates, and Ryan Philbrook, Voice Overs. Program support provided by Wager Audio.