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Exciting New Book on Katherine Stinson, Pioneer U.S. Flyer,
This review is from: Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl (Hardcover)Debra L. Winegarten's "Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl," with its 33 full-page illustrations, is a monumental contribution to the literature of early American aviation.
It is the fascinating factual story of Katherine Stinson and her seven years of extensive record-setting flying history. This tiny woman of 100 pounds, born in Alabama, raised in Texas, and in later life nourished in New Mexico where she became an architect, barnstormed county and state fairs, but more importantly, barnstormed around the world, becoming a great heroine when flying exhibitions in China and Japan where she was received and highly decorated by Japan's Emperor.
She and her sister Marjorie even trained many American and Canadian airmen to go overseas and fly against the Germans in World War I, even though the U.S. Army refused to give her a commission to fly. Disgusted at being "put down" for being a woman, she went to France anyway and drove an ambulance.
Here is a book, beautifully written and factually filled, that will thrill the hearts of all women when they read and come to know the many successes of "Flying Katie" as she was called, in spite of the fact that she was a woman. And it will make men cringe to see that "Katie" outflew them all.
Ralph Hammond, D.Litt. Poet Laureate Emeritus State of Alabama