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About the Author

Sherry Knight Rossiter soloed her first airplane 35 years ago and it literally changed the direction her life was to take. After overcoming a personal fear of flying, she went on to become an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor for airplanes and helicopters, fly UH-1H helicopters for the California Army National Guard, conduct Flight Instructor Recertification Courses nationwide for 12 years, teach for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for 4 years, own and operate an aviation training business for 18 years, coordinate several aviation youth camps, and author numerous aviation training manuals. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana, with her husband and cat.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741452111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741452115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,577,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up at the same time as Sherry, a time when girls were told "Girls can't do that!"

I wanted to be a veterinarian in a place where that meant treating horses and cattle far more than cats and dogs. The vet told me a girl vet wouldn't be strong enough. That I wouldn't be able to haul my equipment out into the field where the cattle were. So scratch that.

Then I wanted to be a smokejumper, what is now called a wildland firefighter. The ranger in our local Forest Service office patted my ten-year-old self on the head and laughed.

"You could be our secretary, kid, but you'd never fly with us," he said.

On to being an astronaut. I was told, "The men all have to test pilots, honey."

The standard choices were nurse or teacher then. I became a teacher. A teacher who told her female students not to listen to the NO people. Girls can do what they want if they work hard, learn the ropes and believe in themselves.

Sherry Rossiter's book, Flying Lessons: One Woman's Story, proves that even in those benighted times for a woman's right to choose a profession, there were determined women like Sherry who ignored the barriers and did what their hearts told them to do. To be.

She was courageous and creative in building her future. Her story is inspiring. She makes me proud. She makes me wish I had not been so easily discouraged. Maybe I could have been the Sally Ride of astronauts.

Sherry's book inspires me to dream again of what might have been. And for my granddaughter, what definitely can be....

Thanks, Sherry. You prove that women who work hard can do anything.

Kim L
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Ms. Rossiter puts you right inside the cockpit on her first solo flight. We share her thrill as trepidation is replaced by confidence. We ride along as she pushes new doors open, accomplishing her goals in aviation. Very inspiring!
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Labeling someone a pioneer for something she did a scant thirty years ago could seem a stretch. Pioneer Sherry Knight Rossiter became an Army helicopter pilot in 1979 - paving the way for the handful of women pilots today serving their country. Still today we can count on one hand the female military test pilots or shuttle pilots, female Thunderbird pilots or aircraft carrier pilots - and we can count on the other hand the number of female military helicopter pilots when Sherry Rossiter opened the door. Her story of perseverance and desire to fly can inspire any little girl to go after her dream. Gene Nora Jessen
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