London: Macmillan, 1992, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Title page vignette;
From the cover: Women with Wings is a perceptive and highly entertaining celebration of the achievements of female flyers from eighteenth-century balloonists to todays astronauts.
For decades female aviators had to defy social prejudices despite achieving remarkable feats of skill and endurance. From 1910, women pilots in America performed death-defying stunts, and in England during the 1920s, a clutch of aristocratic aviatrices were flipping from continent to continent in their private planes. By the 1930s, women had produced an abundance of record-makers Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart, Jean Batten and Beryl Markham among them. The Second World War recruited British and American women to ferry fighters and bombers from factories and airfields, and produced some outstanding pilots from Germany and Russia. Post-war developments included long-distance record flights and the growth of opportunity in commercial flight, space exploration and with the air forces.
As well as charting womens progress in aviation, Women with Wings considers fictional images of female flyers in comic-strips, magazines and books from girls adventure tales to Mills & Boon romances. Generally speaking, fictional aviatrices, such as W. E. Johnss Worrals, Wonderwoman and Vanessa from Venus, achieve success more easily than their real-life counterparts, and have become exuberant symbols of liberation and feminist achievement.
This enlightening book is a thorough and diverting probe into the development of female aviation as it is and as we would like it to be.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 279 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.