Powder Puff Derby - Petticoat Pilots and FlyingFlappers
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This book follows the early years of women aviators from the end of World War I through the madcap years of the 1920s to the establishment of aviation as a serious part of defense and commercial activities during World War II. Award-winning writer Mike Walker writes about a time of immense social and technical change that radically transformed the position of women and became the golden years for the development of aviation.


Mike Walker is a highly experienced, script writer of drama and documentary for film, radio and television. He has won several Sony Awards for Best Play as well as a Royal Television Society Gold Medal and other awards including ones from the Society of Authors and Writers Guild. He has also written several novels and non-fiction works and teaches creative writing at Morley College London. 


The Dames in Planes.

Introduction and Acknowledgements.


1. Clover Field (The Powder Puff Derby of 1929).

2. Print the Legend (Florence 'Pancho' Barnes).

3. Bicycle Dreams (Elisabeth Thible & Dolly Shepherd).

4. Death of an Unknown Woman (Lady Mary Heath).

5. Evelyn Bobs her Hair (Bobbi Trout).

6. 'They Say I Shot a Man and Killed Him' (Jessie 'Chubbie' Miller).

7. Degrees of Difficulty (Bessie Colemean & Hanna Reitsch).

8. Always Stand on the Right (Amelia Earhart & Amy Johnson).

Sources for Each Chapter.

Select Bibliography.


“… an interesting, lively account…” (Good Book Guide, May 2004)

“… about the eccentric and brave women of the pioneering  days of air racing.” (Oxford Times, 14 May 2004)