Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys

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Chicago Review Press, 2013 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Detailing the role of women in aviation, from the very first days of flight to the present, this rich exploration of the subject profiles 26 women pilots who sought out and met challenges both in the sky and on the ground. Divided into six chronologically arranged sections, this book composes a minihistory of aviation. Learn about pioneers such as Katherine Wright, called by many the "Third Wright Brother," and Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France, the first woman awarded a license to fly. Read about barnstormers like Bessie Coleman and racers like Louise Thaden, who bested Amelia Earhart to win the 1929 Women's Air Derby. Additional short biography sidebars for other key figures and lists of supplemental resources for delving deeper into the history of the subject are also included.
 

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This collective biography profiles 26 women aviators from 1910 up to today.Most of the names will be unfamiliar with a few exceptions, among them Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham and Bessie Coleman. The ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Pioneers of Aviation
5
The Golden Age of Flight
41
Wartime and Military Flying
97
All Part of the Job
133
Making a Difference
167
Acknowledgments
203
Notes
205
Glossary
211
Bibliography
217
Index
225
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Karen Bush Gibson is the author of three dozen books for young readers, including Native American History for Kids. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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