|Title:||Encyclopedia of women in aviation and space|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : ABC CLIO, 1998|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-87436-958-8|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Women air pilots--Biography ; Women astronauts--Biography|
You can win bets with this one: six months before the Wright Brothers' historic flight a woman had already flown solo in a powered aircraft. It was a Dumont dirigible with a three-horsepower engine and the pilot was Aida De Costa. Her feat was not reported in the press because her parents were afraid it would make her "unmarriageable".
Another sure bet is this unusual encyclopedia, which extends our knowledge of women's roles in aviation beyond Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham, and Sally Ride, offering such information as:
- How women surmounted hurdles from finding instructors to dealing with sand in the gas tank, severed brake lines, and other dangerous sabotage by jealous male pilots.
- The pioneering efforts and accomplishments of the first black female aviators.
- The reluctantly accepted contribution of women pilots to the Allied cause in World War II.
- How the "rules of propriety" were used to deny women the right to fly seaplanes.
- Contemporary problems of women pilots, from sexual harassment to denial of earned promotions.
More than 250 A-to-Z entries focus on individuals, events, institutions, and organizations, including biographies of famous women pilots the world over. There are plenty of photographs of aviators and their machines, handy cross-references, and a bibliography.
Copies in the Library (1)
|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|007615||TL539.W395 1998||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Reference section||Not for loan|