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Hazel Smothers_00158

Wanda Ewing in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument visible in the background.


3.5x3.5 color photograph. Image from a scrapbook album belonging to Hazel Smothers, whose aviation highlights include copiloting her plane to 1st place in her class at the 1969 Powder Puff Derby air race, and flying search and rescue missions for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department in her pink Bell 47 helicopter.


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