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Lady Birds
The groundbreaking female pilot featured in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away tells her story in this high-flying and inspiring picture-book autobiography!

When Beverley Bass was a young girl in the late 1950s, she told her parents she wanted to fly planes--and they told her that girls couldn't be pilots. Still, they encouraged her, and brought her to a nearby airport to watch the planes take off and land.

After decades of refusing to take no for an answer, in 1986 Beverley became the first female pilot promoted to captain by American Airlines and led the first all-female crewed flight shortly thereafter. Her revolutionary career became even more newsworthy when she was forced to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to US airspace closures. After several days there, she flew her crew and passengers safely home.

Beverley's incredible life is now immortalized in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away. Here, discover how she went from an ambitious young girl gazing up at the sky to a groundbreaking pilot smiling down from the cockpit.

"Inspiring and up, up, and away all the way."--Kirkus
"An inspiring biography about one woman's determination to forge a new path."--Booklist


Women Who Fly: True Stories by Women Airline Pilots
by members of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots

Women airline pilots share their stories, including an emergency landing in Russia, a flight over Antarctica, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept a Congressional Medal of Honor. These accounts, thirty-six in all, will entertain, thrill, and inspire while giving you a glimpse inside the lives of these female aviators. The book includes over 70 photos and all proceeds go to support our scholarships. ISA+21 has already helped over 200 women by donating over $1.3 million dollars to aviatrices whose stated career goal is to become an airline pilot.


Lady Birds by various authors

If you think the skies belong to birds and men, you might want to consider a different notion. Ladybirds and Ladybirds II is a history of American women in every aspect of aviation from a woman balloonist of 200 years ago, to the early days of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, to today's commercial women airline pilots (co-author Lori Griffith is a Boeing 737 captain with USAir).

Those Wonderful Women and Their Flying Machines hones in on World War II to recount the story of the over 1,000 women pilots who flew in the military as part of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Over 25,000 women applied and 1,800 were selected to train at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. From 1942 to '44, these pilots flew over 60 million miles in every type of plane the airforce had, and 38 women lost their lives in service.

Here, in biography style, the niece of one of these pilots recreates the amazing story of what she calls "one of the best-kept secrets of World War II." Together, these books record an unexplored part of American and aviation history along with the passion of women who loved to fly. -- From The Woman Source Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women


Nothing Stood in Her Way

Nothing Stood in Her Way by Julie Clark

Julie Clark, orphaned as a teen, forged two successful careers. With 35 years in aviation she has flown twenty-seven accident-free years as an airline pilot and twenty-four as an air show star. She became an airline pilot when women's applications were routinely thrown into the trash. Julie's book contains 16 pages of color photos.

The co-author, Ann Lewis Cooper, is also an experienced pilot. She has previously published biographies of other female aviators, including Ednat Gardner White, Jessie Woods, Patty Wagstaff, Dot Swain Lewis, and Emily Warner. With her husband Charlie, she has written Tuskeegee's Heroes, How to Draw Aircraft Like a Pro, and War in Pacific Skies.


Flight Guide for Success

Flight Guide for Success by Karen Kahn

Newly-published 3rd edition has over 70 articles answering the tough pilot career questions without sugar-coating the answers. Kahn offers solid advice on subjects that other books dare not raise, including best routes to a pro-pilot job, what qualifications count most with employers, how old is too old, is discrimination dead, handling blemishes in your background and finally, what's the life of a pro pilot really like and is it for you?


Letting Fly

Letting Fly by Deborah Wardley

At the age of 14, Deborah Wardley couldn't wait to start flying lessons. She progressed rapidly up the aviation ladder, setting her sights on flying the "big jets". When the airlines repeatedly knocked her back, she took the matter to court. This set her on a collision course with Ansett's autocratic head, Sir Reginald Ansett, and turned her into a media heroine. After a long struggle, Deborah Wardley won her battle and became Australia's first female commercial pilot. In this book, she relates her story to Elaine McKenna, author of "Better Than Dancing."


Flying Tigress

Flying Tigress by Norah O'Neill

More than a witty memoir by the first woman pilot at a macho cargo airline and her adventures flying around the world, this is the excruciatingly honest yet compelling account of one woman's ascent to 747 pilot, the price exacted for the privilege, her devastating fall from grace, and gutsy journey back into the cockpit. Flying Tigress is human drama played out against the breathtaking backdrop of the skies.


Weaving the Winds

Weaving the Winds by Emily Howell Warner

Women flew in balloons before the Wright Brothers conquered powered flight. Soon after, they tested their skills in new-fangled flying machines. Women pilots taught male pilots to fly for two World Wars. Someone said, “A woman taught you to walk; a woman can teach you to fly.”

Yet, it took 59 years for the first U.S. woman to become an airline pilot in jet-equipped craft—one special woman. To melt ingrained resistance, she brought many more flight hours than most male applicants and she understood well the value of cockpit teamwork and cooperation. That special woman was Emily Howell Warner. Early in 1973, Emily wove the winds of chance, of change, and of opportunity to give wing to her own flying career and to throw open cockpit doors to women who followed.


Aviatrix by Mary Shipko Bush

Aviatrix is the captivating story of one of the first women pilots to break into the all-male airline flight cockpit. Hired in 1976 at Hughes Airwest, Mary Bush made a herculean effort to overcome the resistance and harassment she faced in such a position, but it was to no avail. 

Mary was introduced to flying at an early age. She started flying as a teenager, studying and training long hours until she painstakingly obtained her ratings one by one. Financial hardships hit the family hard, though, and Mary—desperate for both flying experience and money--headed down to the infamous Corrosion Corner in South Florida to be a "freight dog" for fly-by-night operators. However, she was frequently denied work because of her gender. She kept praying, working, and struggling, though, with the hope of one day becoming an airline pilot, a job in which she would have both steady work and steady pay.



Takeoff! by Bonnie Tiburzi

Bonnie Tiburzi, at twenty-four, broke the sex barrier in commercial aviation by becoming the first woman pilot ever hired by a major United States airline. Takeoff! is her own candid story of how she won her wings—the high price she paid in hard work, disappointment, and personal heartache—and why she feels it was worth it. It is also a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of the real world of aviation, which few passengers ever see—inside-the-simulator and inside-the-cockpit glimpses of major airline training, apprenticeship, on-the-line operations, camaraderie with pilots and flight attendants, and very occasional nerve-shattering danger.

Bonnie Tiburzi grew up in a flying family. She had flying lessons at the age of twelve and received a license at nineteen. She knew early on that what she really wanted to be was an airline pilot, but when she had earned enough flying hours to admit it out loud, the reply was always "Don't be silly. Airlines only hire men." She relates her experiences as a pigtailed charter pilot for customers like Ted Williams and the long, often frustrating struggle to open that first airline door.


Flying Above the Glass Ceiling

Flying Above the Glass Ceiling by Nina Anderson

Flying Above the Glass Ceiling chronicles the accomplishments of pioneering women flyers and distaff members of the aviation industry from the 1800s to the present, noting their specific struggles because they entered a man's profession! Their personal stories, determination, passion, triumphs, and disappointments provide insight into what kept them moving toward their dream. This book gives hope to everyone who has the qualifications to achieve his or her career goal.


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