Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Australian Women Pilots: Amazing true stories of women in the air' by Kathy Mexted
Kathy Mexted was a teenager when the possibility of becoming a pilot entered her head. The year was 1978, and she was airborne in a plane commanded by her father. The latter turned to his daughter and remarked: ‘If you’d like to learn to fly, I’ll pay for it.’ Nonetheless, it would take twelve years for the author to seriously pursue her piloting ambitions. This delay was due to several factors, not least of which was that flying has long been a ‘male dominated industry’.... (read more)
The Flight Attendant’s Shoe
by Prudence Black
New South, $49.95 pb, 368 pp, 9781742232560
The international air hostess was the ultimate twentieth-century modern girl – mobile, cosmopolitan, glamorous. She was pai ...