Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space
This unusual encyclopedia, which extends our knowledge of women's roles in aviation beyond Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham, and Sally Ride, offers such information as how women surmounted hurdles from finding instructors to dealing with sand in the gas tank, severed brake lines, and other dangerous sabotage by jealous male pilots; the pioneering efforts and accomplishments of the first black female aviators; the reluctantly accepted contribution of women pilots to the Allied cause in World War II; how the "rules of propriety" were used to deny women the right to fly seaplanes; and contemporary problems of women pilots, from sexual harassment to denial of earned promotions. More than 250 A-to-Z entries focus on individuals, events, institutions, and organizations, including biographies of famous women pilots the world over. There are plenty of photographs of aviators and their machines, handy cross-references, and a bibliography.
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Of the books on female aviators, aeronauts, and astronauts currently in print, few match the geographic and chronological scope of this work. Welch, a former high school teacher and current story ... Read full review