This hard back book, with several black and white photos, is written by Karen Bush Gibson.
From the very first days of aviation, women were there. Katherine Wright, though not a pilot, helped her brothers Orville and Wilbur so much that some called her the ‘Third Wright Brother.’ In 1910 Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France was the first woman awarded a licence to fly. A year later, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to earn a pilot’s licence in the United States, and in 1912 flew across the English Channel – another first.
‘Women Aviators’ profiles 26 remarkable female pilots who sought out and met challenges both in the sky and on the ground, where some still questioned their abilities. Read about barnstormers like Bessie Coleman and racers like Louise Thaden, who bested Amelia Earhart and Pancho Barnes to win the 1929 Women’s Air Derby. Learn about Jacqueline Cochran who, during World War II, organised and trained the Women Airforce Service Pilots – the WASPs – to serve their country by ferrying airplanes from factories to the front lines and pulling target planes during anti-aircraft artillery training. And see how female pilots today continue to achieve and serve while celebrating their love of flight.