Encyclopedia Of Women In Aviation And Space

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This unusual encyclopedia, which extends our knowledge of women's roles in aviation beyond Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markham, and Sally Ride, offers 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; and 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Of the books on female aviators, aeronauts, and astronauts currently in print, few match the geographic and chronological scope of this work."


Library Journal

"Page design is attractive, more than 50 photographs are interspersed throughout, and there is an excellent index. This wonderful addition to the subject fills a niche in the literature. Recommended for public and academic reference collections."



Library Journal
Of the books on female aviators, aeronauts, and astronauts currently in print, few match the geographic and chronological scope of this work. Welch, a former high school teacher and current story editor for the television series Touched By an Angel, has compiled 280 entries covering individuals as well as organizations, events, objects (safety belts/safety harnesses, space shuttles), and places having something to do with women and flight. It is impossible, however, for a work of this sort to be truly comprehensive, and a statement of the criteria used for selection would have been useful. The alphabetically arranged entries vary considerably in length and detail, and cross references are used inconsistently and are occasionally erroneous. Although not an essential purchase, this might find a place in women's studies or aviation collections. (Index not seen.)--Nancy Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono
Compiles some 250 entries on individuals, events, institutions, and organizations related to women in aviation and space. Includes many biographical entries on women aviators throughout the world, numerous b&w photographs chronicling the history of women and their flying machines, coverage of the first black female aviators, and discussions of contemporary problems of women pilots from sexual harrassment to denial of earned promotions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874369588
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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