Magnificent Women and Flying Machines


Balloons, parachutes, aeroplanes, gliders, airships -the extraordinary personal tales of the women who led the way in early British aviation!

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Just eighteen months after two Frenchmen made the world’s first ever flight, a fearless British woman hopped into a flimsy balloon and flew across the London sky for nearly an hour. Since then, many other remarkable British women have decided to defy traditional society and follow their dreams to get into the sky. Magnificent Women and Flying Machines tells the stories of the pioneers who achieved real firsts in various forms of aviation: in ballooning, parachuting, gliding, airships and fixed-wing flight – right up to a trip to the International Space Station! Full of entertaining adventure mixed with a wealth of new information, this is a proper record of Britain’s wonderful women of the air.

Author: Sally Smith
Format: Hardback pages
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780750997461
Published: 1 Nov 2021