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Weekend pilots : technology, masculinity, and private aviation in postwar America

Author: Alan Meyer
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"After August 1945, millions of U.S. servicemen formed a tidal wave of people returning to civilian life--locating or returning to work, heading to school under the GI Bill, marrying and starting families. With much profit, historians in various fields have examined this effort to recover normalcy. Meyer points out that a great many of the vets, not all of them trained military airmen, also took up the hobby of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Meyer
ISBN: 9781421418582 1421418584
OCLC Number: 907657567
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Who Is "Mr. General Aviation"? The Origins and Demographics of Postwar Private Flying --
2. Shouting, Shirttails, and Spins: Flight Instruction and the Acculturation of New Pilots --
3. The Family Car of the Air versus the Pilot's Airplane: Technology as Gatekeeper to the Sky --
4. The "Right Stuff" Syndrome: Risk, Skill, and Identity within the Community of Pilots --
5. Hog Wallow Airports, Hangar Flying, and Hundred-Dollar Hamburgers: Constructing Masculine Pilot Identity on the Ground --
6. Gendered Communities: Negotiating a Place for Women in Private Aviation.
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The first scholarly book to examine in detail the role of masculinity in aviation, Weekend Pilots adds new dimensions to our understanding of embedded gender and its long-term effects.  Read more...

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Alan Meyer's Weekend Pilots serves as a crucial guide to private aviation's intimidating world of insider references, technical jargon, and showmanship for both the uninitiated and aviation Read more...

 
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