JOIN THE ALASKA AVIATION MUSEUM AND THE ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY THEATER
FOR A DRAMATIC READING OF “MARVEL” ALASKA’S FIRST FEMALE PILOT
A PLAY IN ONE ACT BY MATT V.E. FERNANDEZ
Young and beautiful, Marvel Crosson learned to fly at San Diego, California, along with her little brother, Joe. She came to Alaska with brother Joe in October 1927. (Joe had already lived in Alaska for a year by then.) Marvel’s cabin in Fairbanks turned into a gathering place for the tight-knit local society of pilots and aviation aficionados, who spent hours there “hangar flying.”
Department of Commerce check pilot Ben Eielson gave Marvel her check ride and signed her off for her Limited Commercial pilots license, making her not only the first female pilot in the territory, but the first female commercial pilot in Alaska, authorizing her to carry passengers. Marvel made short commercial hops around Fairbanks, but also flew to Nome and Anchorage.
Alaska bush flying brought Marvel national fame. And, with that national fame, she joined the ranks of aviatrixes such as Louise Thaden, Pancho Barnes and Amelia Earhart. In August 1929 Marvel took off from Santa Monica, California in a race to Cleveland, Ohio, where she would meet her fiancée, Emory Bronte, and they were to get married. But, between Yuma and Phoenix, something happened to her airplane. She bailed out. Her parachute never opened. Marvel Crosson died at age 29, at the height of her fame.
In association with the Anchorage Community Theater, the Alaska Aviation Museum is proud to present “Marvel” in a matinee performance AT THE ALASKA AVIATION MUSEUM’S ODOM HANGAR.
THE MATINEE PRESENTATION IS SCHEDULED FOR 2:00 PM ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017, EXACTLY 88 YEARS TO THE DAY OF MARVEL’S TRAGIC DEATH. ADMISSION IS FREE WITH ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM, which means Alaska Aviation Museum members are free.