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Amelia Earhart, holding flag with contestants in the Annette Gipson Trophy Race for women, Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY, June 24, 1934. Helen Richey, in white, stands just to her left.
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Pictured above are the principals in the Annette Gipson Trophy Race for women which was held at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, June 24th. Left to right: Miss Laurel Sharpless, New York City; Miss Edna Gardner, winner; Miss Edith Descomb, Hartford, Connecticut; Arline Davis, Cleveland, Ohio; Frances Marsalis, Garden City, N.Y.; Margery B. Ludwigsen, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Suzanne Humphrey, Far Hills, N.Y.; J.T. "Peggy" Remmy, New York City; Annette Gipson, sponsor; Helen Richey, McKeesport, Pennsylvania; Amelia Earhart, starter; Mrs. I.J. Fox, backer; Amy Mollison, British flyer, and Ruth Nichols.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Photogenic, vivacious, and utterly fearless, McKeesport's Helen Richey was already a successful stunt pilot and co-holder of the women's aviation endurance record when she participated in the Annette Gipson Trophy Race for women, Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY, June 24, 1934. Two years later, she would be Amelia Earhart's co-pilot in the 1936 transatlantic Bendix Trophy race.

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