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Spreading my wings : one of Britain's top woman pilots tells her remarkable story

Author: Diana Barnato Walker
Publisher: Sparkford : Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the extraordinary story of septuagenarian Diana Barnato Walker. Born to great wealth, she chose to step beyond the chaperoned world of privilege, becoming a wartime pilot in the Air Transport  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Diana Barnato Walker; Diana Barnato Walker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Barnato Walker
ISBN: 1852604735 9781852604738
OCLC Number: 31169476
Notes: Includes index.
"Diana joined the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) in 1941, to help ferry aircraft to RAF and FAA squadrons and bases all over the country. During the next few years she flew scores of different aircraft -- fighters, bombers, and training planes -- in all kinds of weather without radio, so it was up to the ATA pilot to find the way with no help from the ground. She lost many friends, a fiance' and then her husband before the end of 1945, but continued to fly, and after the war was appointed Corps Pilot to the Women's Junior Air Corps (now the Girls Venture Corps). In 1962 she was awarded the Jean Lennox Bird Trophy for notable achievement in aviation -- but her greatest moment came in 1963 when she flew an aeorplane through the sound barrier, becoming for a time "the fastest woman in the world." She was awarded the MBE in 1965"--Jacket.
Description: 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Diana Barnato Walker ; foreword by Lord Shawcross.

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