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Women and flight : portraits of contemporary women pilots

Author: Carolyn Russo; Dorothy Cochrane; National Air and Space Museum.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution ; Boston : Bulfinch Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : National government publication : English : 1st ed
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Women pilots took to the skies soon after the Wright brothers, but only a handful - Harriet Quimby, Amelia Earhart, and Sally Ride, for example - have been recognized for their contributions to aviation. Now, with this unique book, Carolyn Russo and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum set the record straight by celebrating America's unsung pilots. Ninety spectacular duotone photographs,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Portraits
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Russo; Dorothy Cochrane; National Air and Space Museum.
ISBN: 082122168X 9780821221686 0821223682 9780821223680
OCLC Number: 34958637
Description: 192 p. : ill. ; 24 x 27 cm.
Responsibility: Carolyn Russo ; introduction by Dorothy Cochrane.

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Women pilots took to the skies soon after the Wright brothers, but only a handful - Harriet Quimby, Amelia Earhart, and Sally Ride, for example - have been recognized for their contributions to aviation. Now, with this unique book, Carolyn Russo and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum set the record straight by celebrating America's unsung pilots. Ninety spectacular duotone photographs, accompanied by extensive interviews and biographical sketches, capture thirty-six women aviators and astronauts from all walks of airborne life. The range of the women included is inspiring, from an eighty-eight-year-old who still operates an airfield to the first woman assigned to fly a Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft for the U.S. Air Force; from the only Eskimo woman aviator in Alaska, Ellen Paneok - or "Owl Eyes" to the Eskimo elders - to Shannon Lucid, the astronaut who set an American record for length of time in space.

Here are women in commercial and military occupations: a skywriter, a crop duster, an aerial photographer, a cattle herder, a helitack pilot, sport aviators, and several women in the U.S. Armed Forces, including one of the first female Navy combat pilots. For anyone interested in aviation and space flight, women trailblazers, and photography, Women and Flight is a fascinating journey of discovery.

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