Dedicated to celebrating achievements in air travel and aviation, Nation Aviation Month gives us the the opportunity to highlight the following books. Please also visit Danville Public Library to see a display featuring local aviators.
“When Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, she immediately became an American icon and a subject of endless fascination for generations to come. In Amelia Earhart: Pioneer of the Sky!, the story of the bold and daring aviator’s life is presented in graphic novel format, with full-color illustrations and historically accurate details. From her hardscrabble childhood to her final flight–and mysterious disappearance–Earhart’s journey will entertain, captivate, and inspire readers of all ages.”– Provided by publisher.
Apache pilots fly the most demanding helicopter in the world, The Apache is so complex to operate it is known as “Riding the Dragon.” Only three percent of army helicopter pilots qualify to fly this incredible machine. In this book, we meet the men and women who take the Apache helicopter into battle.
In 1912, airplanes looked like bicycles with wings. Only men flew these scary new machines. When a spirited young woman named Harriet Quimby decided to learn to fly, everyone said it would be too dangerous. But Harriet tried it anyway! She was the first woman in the United States to earn her pilot’s license. Soon the whole country was just wild about her! Harriet loved the attention and designed a purple flight suit to stand out even more. Before long she was the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
This commemorative work offers a snapshot view of the people, aircraft, and events that comprise the first century of Marine aviation. Featuring a foreword by John Glenn, Jr., it showcases the achievements of Marine aviation through seldom seen photographs and accounts of pivotal battles and events. An oral history CD is included in the back of the book, providing the text and photos with first-hand accounts from select Marine aviators. Additionally, this publication offers several appendices to serve as a reference.
*Book cover is from Google Images.
Lindbergh is the most famous among the hundreds of aviation pioneers who piloted planes in the decades between the two world wars. Here is a vivid recounting of the feats of many who pushed aviation history forward during that time. The exciting story of Lindbergh’s 1927 nonstop flight between New York & Paris is here. Also recounted are the stories of others who set aviation records during the following three decades, climaxing with jet test pilot Chuck Yeager and the first supersonic flight.
Biographical profiles of nine women pilots from the early years of flight, including: Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to receive a pilot’s license; Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot; Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh and record-setting pilot in her own right; and legendary adventurer Amelia Earhart.