From the flights of Beryl Markham in Kenya to those of Nancy Bird in Australia and Shannon W. Lucid of the United States. This encyclopedia examines women in aviation in the 20th century, from the dawn of powered flight to the space station of the late 1990s.
NASA selected its first six female astronauts in 1978. The author examines the political, technological, and cultural challenges that the agency had to overcome to usher in this new era in spaceflight.
Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of powered flight From Katharine Wright, sister of the Wright brothers, to Eileen Collins, the first woman commander of a spacecraft, scores of women have played critical roles in our country's history of aviation.
When Valentina Tereshkova blasted off aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963, she became the first woman to rocket into space. It would be 19 years before another woman got a chance--cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982--followed by American astronaut Sally Ride a year later.
From Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to receive a pilot's license (in 1911), to Bessie Coleman, the first black woman in flight, to the legendary Amelia Earhart, to the tragic story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who, with her husband, set flight records around the world.
Women served an important role in World War II, none more so than the Women's Air Corps. Spotlighting a unique aspect of U.S. military history, this new title tells how the corps was formed, and discusses the strong initial resistance against women fliers, and the experiences of the women fliers themselves.
Women with Wings discusses how in the 1940s, women broke free from traditional gender roles by piloting aircraft both on the homefront and in combat, making critical contributions to the Allied victory in World War II.