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Tiny Broadwick: The First Lady of Parachuting by [Roberson, Elizabeth]
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Length: 112 pages Word Wise: Enabled Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Gr. 4-8. Despite her introductory disclaimer that very little has been written about Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick, Roberson has done her research well, compiling what she found about the four-foot eleven-inch parachutist into an interesting, often inspiring biography. Broadwick, who came from an impoverished background, defied the provincial attitudes about women in her North Carolina town by joining a hot-air balloon act, becoming, as a teen, the first female parachutist. Descriptions of her successful jumps are captivating, but even more impressive are reports of the endless mishaps that demonstrate how dangerous her work was. Broadwick was hailed, then forgotten, then rediscovered in the 1960s, when she was honored by many aviation groups and by the Guinness Book of World Records. A tiny spitfire full of energy and unapologetic sass, Broadwick is an enthralling subject who deserves the prodigious praise that Roberson heaps into every description. Roger Leslie
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From the Back Cover

North Carolina was the site of the first powered airplane flight by the Wright brothers in 1903. Only ten years later, the state could also claim the first parachute jump by a woman, Tiny Broadwick. This fascinating biography follows Tiny as she joins a carnival and travels the entire country parachuting from airplanes and hot air balloons.

Elizabeth Roberson teaches United States history and Western civilization at Martin Community College and East Carolina University in North Carolina.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3995 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (May 31, 2001)
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2001
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CTXYH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Mrs. Roberson has written what can be considered the benchmark of Tiny's biographies. As a retired history teacher, she was able to bring Tiny to life in a very real way. Mrs. Georgia Ann Thompson Broadwick is a beloved figure in the parachuting community and this book does her justice in the finest fashion. Inspiring story for all! Especially for bored, young girls trapped in drab existence looking for an escape. Tiny found her escape and in the process saved hundred of lives though her innovations. A real life Doll Girl
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Tiny (Georgia Ann Thompson) Broadwick was the first woman to jump from an airplane, the first person to jump from a float plane, the first to make an intentional water jump from an airplane and the first to make a manually-operated parachute jump and all these records were prior to 1915. Tiny Broadwick demonstrated that parachutes could be used repeatedly, that escape from a damaged airplane was possible, that you would not pass out in freefall and that a woman could do something most men would not do. This book recounts history of a person that deserves greater recognition. It is easy and fun to read. As a skydiver (1,200 jumps, D-454), pilot (SEL & gliders, hang gliders and paragliders),author and publisher of seven books on parachutes and skydiving, I recommend this book to those interested in aviation and pioneering women. --Dan Poynter, Parachuting, The Skydiver's Handbook.
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The story of Tiny Broderick, an early exhibition parachute jumper and pioneer in her own right, is a fascinating one. This book certainly does much to try to illustrate Tiny's life and her accomplishments. Tiny is known as the first woman to jump from an airplane and the first person to jump from a seaplane to the water using a parachute. Coming from a very poor background and with few prospects for the future, the story of how she managed to make a niche for herself is another one of those stories which you would swear it wasn't true, if it didn't take place in America. My main issue is that the book left you wanting more. The context of the times in which Tiny lived and worked I don't believe were discussed much. The photographs used in the book were good, but many are of Tiny with celebrities, with little or no information on when or where or why they were taken.

Still, the story is what makes this book and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in one of American aviation's pioneers.
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This small book presents the story of Tiny Broadwick (true name Georgia Ann Thompson), pioneer parachutist. Ms. Roberson has made an honest and capable attempt at telling us about Tiny's life and her book has many uncommon images of Tiny. The book suffers in its fact checking, however, as at least one of the "firsts" claimed for Tiny was not hers. Self-effacing as she was, Tiny would have been among the first to correct such erroneous enthusiasms. Still and all, while the reader may have to exercise caution about the captions under photographs and should be careful of accepting without question all of the dates and events presented, this is certainly a book well worth having, reading and enjoying.
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I started reading this book at nine in the evening and couldn't put it down. I first learned a little about "Tiny's" career back in June of 1997. I had started to build a website which featured the career of my father-in-law, Walter E. Lees, a member of the Early Birds of Aviation. He had soloed in 1913 and references to Tiny kept popping up among his collection of memorabilia. I finally accumulated enough bits and pieces to build a page for her on my "Early Bird" site, but it only told a part of her story. This book, by Elizabeth Roberson, with its many anecdotes and photographs, satisfies my curiosity about the life of this unique woman. I can recommend it very highly to all aviation history buffs or to anyone who is interested in the story of a remarkable person.
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