Women of the Wind: Early Women Aviators (Women Adventurers)

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Biographical profiles of nine women pilots from the early years of flight, including: Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to receive a pilot's license; Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot; Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh and record-setting pilot in her own right; and legendary adventurer Amelia Earhart.Provides short biographies of nine female aviators, from the first American woman to receive a pilot's license--Harriet Quimby--to the legendary Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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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.

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Grade 4-8–This thoughtful collection captures the true spirit and strength of 20th-century women who, despite the odds against them, pursued their intellectual curiosity and became known as Women of the Wind. Breaking down the historical gender barriers, these pioneers triumphed over diversity and tragedy while fighting the commonly held notion that women could not, or should not, be allowed to fly. The aviators featured are Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, Louise Thaden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Jackie Cochran. Archival photographs and reproductions appear throughout, as well as time lines that allow readers to keep track of each pilots mission, milestones, and sometimes tragic demise. An extensive bibliography, including Web sites, makes for a comprehensive treatment of a topic that motivates as well as intrigues modern readers.–Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
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