Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys (Women of Action)
Karen Bush Gibson
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Author Karen Bush Gibson profiles 26 women aviators 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, sometimes called the Powder Puff Derby. Learn about Jacqueline Cochran who, during World War II, organized 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.
would explain why she couldn’t hear transmissions from the US Navy and Coast Guard. Her disappearance remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. Will the Amelia Earhart Mystery Finally Be Solved? Since Amelia’s disappearance in the Pacific, many people have speculated about what her last minutes, hours, and days were like. One group investigating more than 75 years later is the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). Its members believe that Amelia
pounds, she was two inches too short and eight pounds too light. “Give me a week,” she said. She began eating a diet of fattening food to gain weight, which was more difficult than it sounded. Right up until she got on the scale again, she was stuffing food down. Someone told her to eat several bananas and drink a lot of water before getting on the scale, so she did. In anticipation of the doctor’s verdict, Vi fluffed up her hair and tied a scarf on her head. With all her might, she stood up
pilots Nikki Mitchell and Rhonda Miles, both from Nashville, flew around the world in 49 days in 1998. When they landed in Moscow, they joined two Russian female pilots, Khalide Makagonova and Natalia Vinokourova, to re-create the 1938 trip across Russia to the southeastern tip of Siberia. They called their commemorative flight the Bridge of Wings tour. The American women landed in Moscow on July 23, 1998. The next day, they met with approximately 50 survivors of the Soviet Night Witches and
together. Fay honored her friend Amelia Earhart by creating a scholarship in her name in the 1940s. In the early 1960s, she worked to get the US Postal Service to honor Amelia Earhart’s birthday by releasing an airmail stamp on her birthday. But that wasn’t all. After her successful campaign for the stamp, she and other Ninety-Nines members gathered in Atchison and used the stamp on thousands of envelopes. The first of those canceled stamps, known as first-day covers, are the most coveted and
calling it Bessie Coleman Drive. Today, Bessie Coleman’s brief life continues to inspire others. LEARN MORE Bessie Coleman website, www.bessiecoleman.com “Bessie Coleman” on US Centennial of Flight Commission website, www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Explorers_Record_Setters_and_Daredevils/Coleman/EX11.htmBessie “Bessie Coleman” on Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Organization of Women Pilots website, www.ninety-nines.org/index.cfm/bessie_coleman.htm Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator by Doris L.