Mrs. Thaden Keeps Up 22 Hours To Beat Trout Mark Article from the San Francisco Chronicle - March 18, 1929 Wife of S.F. [San Francisco] Plane Maker Fights Sleep in Long Trick at Controls
Jubilant, but on the verge of exhaustion, Mrs. Louise McPhetridge Thaden, holder of the world's altitude record for women aviators, yesterday established a new endurance record for her sex, landing at Oakland airport in her Travelair biplance at 1:55 p.m., after having been aloft for 22 hours 3 minutes and 25 seconds.
The previous record was 17 hours 5 minutes 37 seconds, established by Miss Bobby Trout, Los Angeles aviatrix, last month.
Begs for Sleep, but Takes Ride Over Bay
Mrs. Thaden, wife of H. V. Thaden, San Francisco all-metal airplane manufacturer, took off from Oakland airport Saturday afternoon at 3:53 o'clock and flew continuously over the bay region until yesterday afternoon when, bringing her plane to earth, she was so cramped that she had to be assisted out of it.
"What I want more than anything else in the world is a huge flock of sleep" were her first words to airport officials and others who crowded about to congratulate her. But she apparently forgot all about the desire to sleep, for a few moments later she was a passenger to San Francisco on the speedboat inaugurating express service between this city and Oakland airport.
Louise Thaden after one of her record-setting flights
Aircraft Pace New Champion's Long Hop
During her long endurance flight, Mrs. Thaden's plane was paced during daylight hours Saturday and yesterday morning by many other bay flying craft. During her more than twenty-two hours in the air she clung closely to a twelve-mile course laid out for her by officials of Oakland Chapter, National Aeronautical Association, varying from it only to fly over San Francisco.