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Spreading My Wings

Walker, Diana Barnato

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ISBN 10: 1904010318 / ISBN 13: 9781904010319
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2008. New ed. Paperback. Born into great wealth, Walker, now in her 80s, chose to step beyond the chaperoned world of privilege, becoming a pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, and going on to break the speed record for women pilots. This book gives an insight into the life of a very special woman. Num Pages: 256 pages, 32pp photographs. BIC Classification: BG; HBJD; HBWQ; JWG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 156 x 19. Weight in Grams: 346. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781904010319

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Title: Spreading My Wings

Publisher: Grub Street

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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The daughter of millionaire racing driver, Woolf Barnato, and granddaughter of Barney Barnato who cofounded the De Beers mining company, by 1936 Diana had had enough of her affluent, chaperoned existence and sought excitement in flying, soloing at Brooklands after only six hours' training. She has followed her own instincts ever since.

Joining the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1941 to help ferry aircraft to squadrons and bases throughout the country, she flew scores of different aircraft - fighters, bombers, and trainers - in all kinds of conditions and without radio it has to be remembered.

She lost many friends, a fiancé and a husband before 1945 but continued to fly. In 1962 she was awarded the Jean Lennox Bird Trophy for notable achievement in aviation and then - her greatest moment - in 1963 flew a Lightning through the sound barrier becoming 'the fastest woman in the world'. She was awarded the MBE in 1965.

Her remarkable memoirs, lauded when first published in hardback, are now available in paperback. Brimming with adventure, anecdotes and famous names, the book makes compelling reading. It is the story of a very special woman who, now in her eighties, continues to live life to the full from her home in Surrey.

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