August 15, 2012
Bentonville (Benton County) native Louise Thaden is shown here in the early 1920s before she attained fame as a female aviator. During her nearly ten-year competitive aviation career, she set altitude, endurance, and speed records. In 1936, she became the first woman to win the Bendix Transcontinental Air Race. In 1951, the Bentonville municipal airport was named in her honor.