Women of the Wind
Early Women AviatorsUnknown - 2006
Most people know the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright's dramatic first flights on the beaches of the North Carolina coast in 1903. Between those historic rides and Chuck Yeager's famous breaking of the sound barrier in 1947, aviation skyrocketed in popularity. Early planes were rickety, open-cockpit contraptions, and daredevils flocked to them in droves. Many of those groundbreaking pilots lost their lives to the sky, even as they inspired others to take to the air. Not a few of these brave aviators were women. Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators traces the exciting and often tragic stories of some of these enterprising spirits. From Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to receive a pilot's license (in 1911), to Bessie Coleman, the first black woman in flight, to the legendary Amelia Earhart, to the tragic story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who, with her husband, set flight records around the world despite the horrible kidnapping and murder of her baby son, these nine stories showcase the courage and determination women needed to make their way in a man's world. Each found her freedom and her happiness in the sky.
Publisher: Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., c2006.
Branch Call Number: j 629.1309 LANGLEY
Characteristics: 160 pages : illustrations (some color), col. map ; 24 cm.
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