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SCV99s Favorite Aviation Books

The women pilots in our chapter love to read and get inspiration and instruction from the experience of others. Here's a list of some of our favorite aviation books.
Books About Women PilotsGeneral Aviation Books

Books about Women Pilots:

Amelia Earhart

The Fun Of It The Fun Of It: Random Records of My Own Flying and of Women in Aviation
by Amelia Earhart. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. In her own words, Amelia shares her life and passion for flying.
The Sound of Wings
The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart
by Mary S. Lovell. Judged by some to be the best Amelia biography, this book offers an engaging look at both Amelia's achievements and her relationship with her publicist husband the flamboyant George P. Putnam.
East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart
by Susan Butler. This detailed account of Amelia Earhart's life and flight achievements was the basis for the movie Amelia, starring Hilary Swank.
Amelia Lost Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
by Candace Fleming. Explores Amelia's life from childhood up until her last flight and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane.
Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last
by Mike Campbell. Presents new findings, eyewitness accounts and analysis, and never-before-published revelations about Amelia Earhart last flight and fate.

Books about Female Aviators

Amelia Earhart's Daughters Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild And Glorious Story Of American Women Aviators From World War II To The Dawn Of The Space Age
Women Aviators: 26 Stories Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys (Women of Action)
Author Karen Bush Gibson profiles of 26 women aviators - Harriet Quimby, Bessie Coleman, Louise Thaden, Amelia Earhart and Pancho Barnes, Jackie Cochran and more.
Women Aviators Women Aviators: From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, Making History in Air and Space
Great stories and history about the record breaking women aviators from the early days of flying to current times by Bernard Marck
West with the Night West with the Night
Beryl Markham's autobiography is a true classic. Markham is known for setting an aviation record for a solo flight across the Atlantic from East to West-hence the title. She was also a bush pilot in Africa, sharing adventures with Blor Blixen and Denys Finch-Hatton of Out of Africa fame.
Straight on Till Morning Straight on Till Morning: The Life of Beryl Markham
by Mary S. Lovell. After a childhood in Africa untrammeled by convention and almost devoid of education, she went on to run successful racing stables and to achieve fame as a record-breaking aviator - flying the Atlantic from east to west - hence the title.
Happy Bottom The Happy Bottom Riding Club: The Life and Times of Pancho Barnes
by Lauren Kessler. Pancho Barnes lived a big, messy, colorful, unconventional life with three fortunes, four husbands, and countless lovers. She was a barnstormer, a racer, a cross-country flier, and a Hollywood stunt pilot. She was, for a time, "the fastest woman on earth," flying the fastest civilian airplane in the world.
Jacqueline Cochran Jackie Cochran: An Autobiography
by Jacqueline Cochran. Cochran won numerous honors and set more distance, speed, and altitude records than any other woman aviator. She organized the WASP (Women's Airforce Service Pilot) program in World War II and was the first woman to break the sound barrier. She was a phenomenon in flying and was truly a self-made woman.
Powder Puff Derby Powder Puff Derby of 1929: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race
by Gene Jessen. Tells the story of the first major female airplane race - nineteen women who set out from Santa Monica, California, in flimsy, propeller driven planes, with a mission-to be the first to cover the 2,759 mile course to Cleveland, Ohio. With skill and determination, the racers thrilled the nation and pioneered a new future and respect for female aviators.
Night Witches: The Amazing Story Of Russia's Women Pilots in World War II
Based on eyewitness accounts, Night Witches recounts stories of Soviet women who volunteered for combat pilot duty and the role they had in defeating the Nazis during World War II.
To Space and Back To Space and Back
America's first woman astronaut Sally Ride shares her personal experience of traveling into space and answers questions most frequently asked about a journey through space.

WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilots

Go Home Little Fifinella Go Home Little Fifinella: The Story of A WASP Trainee (Eco-Adventure)
Winnie LoPinto wrote "Go Home Little Fifinella" as a young woman after returning from Texas in 1944 from her training as a WASP (Women's Air Force Service Pilots). Her biographical account of her experiences as a WASP trainee in Sweetwater Texas is full of the language and favor of the time.
I was a women pilot in 1945 I was a woman pilot in 1945 - A memoir of a WASP trainee
A day to day account of the experiences of Winnie LoPinto as a WASP trainee at Avenger Field TX.
send me an angel Send Me An Angel
A historical fiction about a young lady crop duster who during WWII joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP as they became known..

For Young Readers

DK Publishing: Amelia Earhart (DK Biography) DK Publishing: Amelia Earhart
by Tanya Lee Stone. A pictorial biography of the famed aviator with more than 100 full-color photographs and illustrations and detailed sidebars.
Who Was Amelia Earhart Who Was Amelia Earhart?
From her early years to her mysterious 1937 disappearance while attempting a flight around the world, with numerous sketches and maps. Good for 2nd-4th graders.
Sally Ride Sally Ride: The First American Woman in Space
Biography of Sally Ride by Tom Riddolls. Easy reading wtth just the right amount of photos for grade 5 and up.

Aviation Training

Pilot's Manual The Pilot's Manual: Ground School: All the Aeronautical Knowledge Required to Pass the FAA Exams and Operate as a Private and Commercial Pilot
From aerodynamics and weather to navigation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, everything students need to know in order to pass the Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Exams.
Say Again Say Again, Please: Guide to Radio Communications
by Bob Gardner. Accessible guide to talking on an aircraft's radio teaches student pilots what to say, what to expect to hear, and how to interpret and react to clearances and instructions
Stick and Rudder Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying
The first exact analysis of the art of flying ever attempted, Stick and Rudder shows precisely what the pilot does when he flies, just how he does it, and why in a way the learner can use.
Weather Flying Weather Flying
by Robert Buck. Explains weather in a nontechnical way, giving pilots useful understanding of weather and practical knowledge of how to judge it and fly it. Covers weather flying psychology, en route weather changes, radar and how to use it, taking off in bad weather, and much more.
Instrument Pilot Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual
by Rod Machado. Rod clearly detail everything you need to know about instrument flying in his usual thorough and entertaining way.
Mountain Flying Bible Mountain Flying Bible Revised
by Sparky Imeson. Explains, step-by-step, in plain English the rules of thumb and procedures used by experienced mountain and bush pilots to determine go - no go conditions based on the terrain, the weather, your airplane's performance and your own skills and experience.
Better Aerobatics (Vol 1) Better Aerobatics (Vol 1)
by Alan Charles Cassidy. Well-written, with clear explanations and an enjoyable style covers everything aerobatic from lesson one to competing at the highest level.
The Compleat Taildragger Pilot The Compleat Taildragger Pilot
by Harvey S. Plourde. The classic in the subject, this book covers the techniques to master taildragger flying. Includes new material on torque, crosswind landing gear, P-factor, crabbed crosswind landing and a section for flight instructors