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TommyUSA
07-11-2011, 22:22
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Shooting Star: The First Attempt By A Woman To Reach Hawaii By Air - Richard A. DuRose
Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Createspace (31 Aug 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1466234458
ISBN-13: 978-1466234451

If you're a fan of early aviation - and early aviation racing - then this book is a must-read.

Author Richard DuRose provides a fascinating glimpse into the preparations for the first non-stop flight from the mainland of the U.S. to Hawaii: the Dole Transpacific Air Race. Easily read in an evening, the well-written nonfiction / adventure story centers on DuRose's aunt, Mildred Doran, an intrepid aviation enthusiast and her quest to be the first woman to fly to Hawaii.

From the transcontinental flight from Michigan to California to the flight to Hawaii, Mildred's story is that of aviation of the late 1920s: basic, durable yet ironically fragile aircraft, barnstormers, military men and mechanics; all brought to life in the narrative, compelling the the reader forward through the story. Pervading the work is the sense of doing something really new, something not done before, of exploration of the unknown, and the confidence of youth and more particularly, the confidence of the can-do spirit of America of the early twentieth century.

The story is a gem of early aviation and of the independent spirit of a young school teacher from Michigan. Highly recommended!