Australian Women Pilots by Kathy Mexted Tells the Story of 10 Extraordinary Women: Take a Sneak Peek Here

Australian Women Pilots by Kathy Mexted Tells the Story of 10 Extraordinary Women: Take a Sneak Peek Here

Nancy Bird Walton

A YOUNG PIONEER

Once a girl has obtained her flying licence …

she has won her wings, and no piece of paper, current or expired, can take that away from her.

A newspaper article promised ‘crazy flying and aeronautics’ at the Wingham Air Pageant and Nancy Bird wanted a slice of it. The refreshment tent ladies were so flat out serving tea and scones to the hungry masses they wouldn’t have had time to notice young Nancy’s unruly auburn curls bob through the crowd and approach the well-known air show and endurance pilot Reg Annabel. Excitedly, Nancy handed over a week’s wages – £1 – to pay for her first ever joy ride, and it was in Reg’s sleek new open cockpit Gipsy Moth biplane. The beautiful timber and canvas craft was the sport plane of its day. Reg had just circumnavigated Australia and was now flying the Moth around on the airshow circuit.

This was September 1930 and teenage Nancy already knew she wanted to fly.

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Each Story is an Exciting Adventure: Kathy Mexted on her Book, Australian Women Pilots

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23 November 2020

Each Story is an Exciting Adventure: Kathy Mexted on her Book, Australian Women Pilots

    Packed with Drama and Adventure, Australian Women Pilots by Kathy Mexted Soars

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    23 November 2020

    Packed with Drama and Adventure, Australian Women Pilots by Kathy Mexted Soars

      Synopsis

      There's a lot of aeroplanes and aviators down in that water. Thank God I'm not one of them. From pioneering and outback flights to delivering Spitfires or tackling the jungles of New Guinea, Australian Women Pilots tells of ten Australians with extraordinary stories. Women have been flying since the early days of aviation but, with a few notable exceptions, they have rarely been visible or well known. Kathy Mexted shares the feats of trailblazers like Nancy Bird Walton, Deborah Wardley, who was told by Ansett that women couldn't be pilots, and Gaby Kennard, the first Australian woman to fly solo around the world. Others are perhaps less known, but as pilots involved with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary, the RAAF, aerial agriculture or long-range ferrying, their stories are just as extraordinary. Packed with drama, adventure and sometimes heartbreak, this riveting book is a salute to those women who refused to keep their feet on the ground. 
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