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by Frank Reed Nichols

A novelization of the life of Harriet Quimby, who in 1912 became the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. Ms. Quimby was also the first woman to be licensed as a pilot in the United States and the first woman to solo at night in the United States.
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ISBN: 0923687416
ISBN13: 978-0923687410
Category: No category
Author: Frank Reed Nichols
Language: English
Publisher: Celo Valley Books (June 1997)
Pages: 175 pages
ePUB size: 1150 kb
FB2 size: 1227 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 657
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Not only is the portrayal of Harriet Quimby 'sullying' it also insults the characters of several others, namely Gustav Hamel and Miss Trehawke-Davies, the latter of whom is represented as a peroxided giddy good-time girl who essentially employed the aeronautical equivalent of the 'casting couch' in order to achieve landmark flights. The only truth touched upon was that Hamel and Miss Davies were very close devoted friends, whose original plan had been to fly to Paris together for the previous Christmas (1911), but bad weather and illness delayed the flight until the following spring; not at any point was Miss Davies' decision to fly based on revenge; or the speculation that the two women were all but cat-fighting over the same man! In reality, Hamel and Miss Quimby never appeared to get along well or see eye-to-eye, a message which comes across loud and clear in Hamel's own book written in 1914, when presumably his memories were still clear enough to recall. An account of Miss Quimby's life and her interaction with the various other personalities she encountered during her short career, written as a novel, would have been fine if certain facts were adherred to, but this is completely far-fetched, and actually rather hurtful to those whose names have been dragged through the mire.
Unfortunately Mr. Nichols has rendered a novel using real characters and thus has given us a confusing, even irritating, book. It would have been far better had he chosen to invent his characters as well as his story, for almost all of what he has written never happened. Sadly, people may read this book and believe what it has to say. This is a book neither for the aviation historian (no distinction is made between real events and invented ones) nor the juvenile reader (the language is certainly not appropriate). Mr. Nichols clearly wanted to pen a novel and he should have done so full-force, instead of sullying the character and memory of pioneer flyer Harriet Quimby. This book no longer has a place on my book shelves.