Two of Laguna's most extraordinary residents were the subject of a trio of stories that captivated the audience at the Laguna Beach Historical Society presentation Tuesday at City Hall.
Aviation historian Barbara H. Schultz gave folks a peek into the lives of pilots Moyes Stephens and Florence "Pancho" Barnes and Richard Halliburton, who was only included because he was Stephens' passenger.
Barnes was one of the foremost pilots in the so-called Golden Age of Aviation.
Although never a licensed pilot, she was a pioneer aviatrix who flew in the first National Air Race for women in 1939, nine years after she had captured the women's speed record and founded the Women's Air Reserve the following year.
Barnes successfully fought an attempt to bar women pilots from the air during certain times of the month, Schultz said.
Although she married four times, femininity was not Barnes' strong point. She was photographed in a dress when she was six, but not often after that, Schultz said.