A made for TV movie in which Valerie Bertinelli portrays Florence Pancho Barnes, a bored socialite who decides to learn to fly

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Rankin Barnes
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A made for TV movie in which Valerie Bertinelli portrays Florence Pancho Barnes, a bored socialite who decides to learn to fly

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The right stuff. She had it first. The true story of the Pasadena debutante who showed the likes of Patton, Yaeger and Doolittle what the right stuff was really about.


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25 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Pancho Barnes - Ein Leben für's Fliegen  »

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There is a 1957 Minneapolis Moline 5 Star Farm Tractor in the Pre WWII era part of the movie. See more »

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Excellently executed!!!
10 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film around 1988-1989, while living in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, when I was a small kid (4-5 years old). Looking back, I always thought Valerie Bertinelli's portrayal of Pancho Barnes was excellently executed in every detail. And the aerial scenes in that film were awesome. And the backstory reveals a lot about her upbringing, how she got her nickname, etc.

Personally, I feel Pancho Barnes was always overshadowed by Amelia Earhart in some respects, but after seeing this film over 20 years ago, it gives me a lot more perspective on women flying high. I hope this film comes out on DVD in the near future, as well as a lot of Valerie's films.


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