Breaking World Records: Evelyn Trout

Los Angeles Times Archive, (c)2017

On February 11 1929, Evelyn “Bobbie” Trout landed on the Mines Field airport in Los Angeles after breaking the world record for flight duration.

Bobbie began flying the day before, setting her overnight endurance record at 17 hours and 5 minutes.

What is even more impressive is that she achieved this in a prototype R.O. Bone Co. Golden Eagle monoplane.

According to an article written by the Los Angeles Times at the time, Bobbie surpassed the previous woman’s endurance record by 3 hours and 48 minutes.

It had not been the first time Bobbie had broken a record.

In January of the same year, she broke the duration record by 12 hours and 11 minutes.

However, four weeks after it was broken by Elinor Smith.

Bobbie later wrote, “My Boss, Mr. Bone had promised me that any time my record was broken he would help me better it.”

She set several other flight records as well as co-founded The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women aviators.