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The first American woman to have received a pilot's license describes her April 1912 solo flight across the English Channel, the first such flight by any woman.
Posted August 3, 2008
Having read the summary of 'Brave Harriet' (but not yet read the book) I can determine that either the book gets it wrong, or the person who wrote the summary has it wrong. I'm glad to see Harriet's story in a book for young people. As long as the effort is made, however, it would be easy to stick to the facts instead of 'winging it'. I would have preferred for example, to see Harriet described as an exhibition aviator instead of 'barnstorming'. a) Barnstorming is a term reserved for the 1920s and 1930s era when pilots hopped across the US selling rides in their planes. Harriet did nothing like that. b) Harriet was NOT the first woman to receive her pilot's license. She was the first American woman to receive her license (in 1911). There were others in Europe before her. c) Harriet did NOT fly across the English Channel on the same day the Titanic sank. The Titanic sank on April 14, 1912. Harriet Quimby crossed the English Channel two days later, on April 16, 1912. We have a responsibility to get it right from grammar school to college for our students. I hope that in any further aviation stories by this author the facts are valid. And of course, if the book has it right, and the summary is wrong - then I'd be happy to add another star or two. gbkWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.