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  • A Long White Scarf, flying with Ripley Miller
    Ripley Miller successfully balanced the tasks of raising a family, working as a pilot, promoting women in aviation, and being a leader in the International Organization of Women Pilots - the Ninety-Nines, Inc. - all while continually training herself toward greater flight accomplishments.
  • Amelia Earhart's Daughters
    The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age.
  • Amelia Earhart's Shoe: Is the Mystery Solved?
    The International Group for Historic Aviation Recovery (TIGHAR), an organization of aviation archaeologists, has been on the trail of the plane and its passengers for nearly two decades. Here it makes a compelling case that they have found the fateful scene of the crash-landing on the uninhabited tropical island of Nikumaroro.
  • Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved
    In 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared into the Pacific Ocean only days from completing her famous around-the-world flight. Her plane was never found. Now, with the recent discovery of long-lost radio messages, combined with authors Elgen M. Long and Marie K. Long's twenty-five years of research, the mystery surrounding Earhart has been solved.
  • Amelia: A Life of the Aviation Legend
    Comprehensive and gracefully written, this biography is highly recommended as an introduction to the life of a pioneering female aviator and remarkable individual.
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life  WIARC Recommended Reading List
    Drawing on more than five years of interviews and access to personal family papers and correspondence, this fascinating biography offers a stunning portrait of a world-famous couple and their marriage, the tragic kidnapping and murder of their infant son, and Lindbergh's links to the German Reich.
  • Broken Wings: A Flight Attendant's Journey
    Nattanya Andersen's cherished career as a flight attendant careened to a halt when a mid-flight engine explosion in 1988 left her with a condition diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Clipped Wings  WIARC Recommended Reading List
    The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) of World War II
  • Flight of Passage  WIARC Recommended Reading List
    An old-fashioned air adventure in the tradition of Charles Lindbergh's celebrated autobiography.
  • Hornet's Nest
    The experiences of one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, Missy Cummings.
  • How High She Flies
    A beautiful book about an extraordinary woman! A World War II WASP, Dorothy Swain Lewis.
  • I Was Amelia Earhart: A Novel
    In an evocative and imaginative novel, Amelia Earhart tells us what happened after she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared off the coast of New Guinea one windy day in 1937.
  • Just For The Love of Flying
    The story of an accomplished South African aviatior, who, in 1954, traveled from England through the length of Africa in an Auster Aiglet airplane.
  • Little Stinker  WIARC Recommended Reading List
    This is a very special and true story - the saga of the worlds most famous aerobatic airplane, the original Pitts Special, and the lady who made aircraft N22E, "Little Stinker" world famous - Betty Skelton.
  • One Brief Moment
    A novelization of the life of Harriet Quimby, who in 1912 became the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel.
  • Slacks and Calluses: Our Summer in a Bomber Factory
    Two teachers recall the summer of 1943 spent building bombers for the war effort, learning to deal with a wide variety of people, endure life in a factory, and negotiate the tricky new relationships between genders in this formerly male-dominated setting.
  • The Lives of Beryl Markham
    Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen's love story became the basis for the Oscar-winning film Out of Africa. Now, the author of Silence Will Speak reveals a twist in their relationship: Beryl Markham, one of the century's greatest free spirits, pursued Hatton in fierce competition.
  • This Flying Life
    The story of Claire L. Walters. A flight instructor for 47 years, she began flying in 1941 (and is still flying)!
  • Tiny Broadwick: The First Lady of Parachuting
    In 1913, "Tiny" Broadwick made the first parachute jump from an airplane by a woman. Her contributions made flying airplanes safer for pilots during World War II through improvements to the design of parachutes and demonstrations for soldiers. This is her life story.
  • To Space and Back
    Dr. Sally Ride's first-person account of a space shuttle mission, illustrated with spectacular color photographs from the NASA files.
    by Sally Ride, Susan Okie
  • West With the Night  WIARC Recommended Reading List
    Beryl Markham, African bush pilot. An inspiring exploration of a life well lived.
  • Women Explorers of the Air
    Jacqueline Cochran, Bessie Coleman, Beryl Markham, Harriet Quimby, Amelia Earhart
    by Margo McLoone, Jacquelyn L. Beyer
  • Women in Air War: The Eastern Front of World War II
    This unique collection of World War II memoirs that tell, in a simple, unaffected style, the story of the three women's air regiments formed by Marina Raskova, famous woman pilot-navigator. Adding a new dimension to the literature about the war, this easy-to-read, amply illustrated, and engaging collection provides new insights into the history of the air war on the Eastern Front.
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