Set a women’s altitude record of 20,260 feet in 1928.
She set a new women’s endurance record of 22 hours, 3 minutes and 12 seconds in 1929.
Was the fourth woman transport pilot in the United States.
Became the first woman to win a national air race when she won the Women’s Air Derby flying from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio (a distance of almost 2,500 miles).
Set an endurance record in 1932 by flying a Curtiss Thrush biplane for 196 hours over Long Island, New York with Francis Marsalis. During the eight days, Thaden made seventy-eight air-to-air refueling contacts and sometimes made live radio broadcasts to a national listening audience.
Co-founded the Ninety-Nines for woman pilots in 1929 with Amelia Earhart (enshrined 1968) and Ruth Nichols (enshrined 1992). Thaden served as Vice President 1931-1936 and Treasurer 1930-1934.
Won the Bendix trophy in 1936 with Blanch Noyes as co-pilot in a Beech Staggerwing C17R. She was the first woman to do so and received the Harmon Trophy.
Was active with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II and served with Ruth Nichols (enshrined 1992) in Relief Wings.