High, Wide, and Frightened

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Overview


Born in 1905 and raised in Arkansas, Louise Thaden attended the University of Arkansas from 1921 to 1925 before moving to California, where she earned her pilot’s certificate in 1927. Within the year, she had broken the women’s world record for altitude and endurance. In 1929 she won the first Women’s Air Derby, a transcontinental race. Over the next several years, Thaden continued to set records and win awards until 1938 when she retired to spend more time with her family and write these memoirs.
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“Although other women pilots of her era—like Amelia Earhart and Jacqueline Cochran—are better known, it was Louise who, in her own quiet way, was blazing a trail for others to follow. I can think of no finer example for young women today than Louise.” —Claudia Oakes, former curator, Aeronautics Department, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and author of United States Women in Aviation Before World War I and United States Women in Aviation 1930–1939

“Adventure, history, danger, intrigue, death. Tom Clancy? No, Louise Thaden, and it’s all true. The unassuming contemporary of Amelia Earhart describes the dangers of racing and setting records in the fragile and precarious aircraft of aviation’s youth. Flashy bravado is out. Quiet excellence is in. This is a must-read.” —Gene Nora Jessen, author of The Powder Puff Derby of 1929: The First All-Women’s Transcontinental Air Race

“The Golden Era of Aviation was a time of great adventure and personal sacrifice for flyers—particularly women flyers. Louise Thaden was, by far, the most skilled and accomplished aviatrix of that era. In her book, High, Wide, and Frightened, Louise gives us a firsthand account of the life that she and other women pilots pursued in their quest for the thrill and romance of flight.” —Capt. Susan Dusenbury, Airborne Express

Library Journal
Thaden was one of the pioneers of women's aviation and the first female flyer to win the coveted Bendix Transcontinental Air Race. Published in 1938, this account was written when Thaden was 32 and in the prime of her career. Not just her story, this is a history of early women's aviation and the struggles they faced. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287663
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 1,285,644
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Born in 1905 and raised in Arkansas, Louise Thaden attended the University of Arkansas from 1921 to 1925 before moving to California, where she earned her pilot’s certificate in 1927. Within the year, she had broken the women’s world record for altitude and endurance. In 1929 she won the first Women’s Air Derby, a transcontinental race. Over the next several years, Thaden continued to set records and win awards until 1938 when she retired to spend more time with her family and write these memoirs.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue
Preface
1 Endurance 1
2 A "Hot" Pilot 9
3 Engines Quit Cold 25
4 Speed Record 33
5 Women's Air Derby 43
6 The Whole Family Flies 63
7 Refueling Endurance Flight 75
8 Is It Bravery - or Fright? 91
9 Some Flirting with Disaster 99
10 The Bendix Race 109
11 Hence the Gray Hairs 123
12 Clear and Unlimited 131
A.E. - A Postscript 147
Epilogue 153
Appendix 165
Index 167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    This is the best book I read last year

    I haven't just recommended this book to people, I've gone out and bought it for them, because I think this book is so worth reading-- and it's FUN to read too (except for the sad parts). Louise Thaden's courage is inspiring and her craziness is entertaining. It's a good story, regardless of whether or not you're interested in the history of aviation. I typically think of airplanes as a means from Point A to Point B, but it made me appreciate the pioneers of aviation and the joy of flying that motivated them. But above all, it's a well written, inspiring, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.

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