A Pair of Wings: A Novel Inspired by Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

A Pair of Wings: A Novel Inspired by Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

by Carole Hopson
A Pair of Wings: A Novel Inspired by Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

A Pair of Wings: A Novel Inspired by Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

by Carole Hopson


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A Pair of Wings is a novel based on the life of pioneer aviatrix Bessie Coleman. Arriving in Chicago in 1915 from Waxahachie, Texas, Coleman is among the first wave of African Americans to take part in the Great Migration, the largest movement of Black people fleeing the oppression of the agricultural South for greater freedom and the promise of jobs in the industrialized North.

Because no one in the United States will teach an African American woman to fly, Coleman learns to speak French and travels to France where she learns from some of the best flyers and designers of Great War aeroplanes. After her initial training she is awarded the French civilian aeronautic brevet, which entitles her to pilot a plane anywhere in the world. As the 1920s progress, both aviation and the Great Migration continue in parallel, and Coleman becomes the only woman in the world to contribute to both. She returns to Europe a second time for training in aerobatic maneuvers. And just as Coleman translated deftly between French and English, once home she converts the aerial life-saving and death-dealing tactics of the dogfighters of the Great War into daring and graceful barnstorming performances that dazzle and amaze her audiences.

Through her tenacity and resilience, this fearless woman overcame cultural, racial, and economic obstacles in order to learn to fly. A full century after her accomplishments, Bessie Coleman continues to inspire. Her story is brought to life by author and pilot Carole Hopson. It is Coleman's bold determination and courage that lifted an entire people, and Hopson as well, upon A Pair of Wings.

In order to support others in the pursuit of their dreams of flight, Hopson has created the 100 Pairs of Wings Project, which aims to send one hundred Black women to flight school by 2035. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of each book will support this cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735511177
Publisher: Jet Black Press
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Carole Hopson flies the Boeing 737 for United Airlines as a First Officer, based in Newark, New Jersey. After a twenty-year career as a journalist and then a corporate executive, she followed her dream to become a pilot, working as a flight instructor while raising her family. Walking away from executive-level positions and at the peak of her corporate accomplishments, she went to flight school and completed the training in spite of having taken a circuitous path. A Pair of Wings: A Novel Based on the Life of Bessie Coleman is Hopson's debut novel.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Early Years, Chicago, 1915

Part Two: Learning to Fly, France

Part Three: Barnstormer

Part Four: Comeback


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