Flying Solo

How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart (2013)
Flying Solo


Almost everyone has heard of Amelia Earhart, but Ruth Elder is a new name to many.  Ruth wanted to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in 1927, just like Charles Lindbergh.  Unfortunately, after 36 hours in the air, Ruth had serious trouble with an oil line rupture and had to abandon her plane in the ocean.  Fortunately, there was a ship nearby to rescue her.  Ruth charmed her way into the public's eyes, and by 1929 forty women met to begin a cross country race. 

Ruth believed that women would become fighter pilots someday, and it did come true, but not for decades.  In World War II female pilots flew only in noncombat positions.  They were called WASPs, Women's Airforce Service Pilots.  An author's note ends the book along with sources and books, magazines, and web sites for further reading. 

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