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These 15 women fly outside the lines. Soar beside Black Hawk helicopter pilot turned politician Tammy Duckworth, hot air balloonist Edgora McEwan, or medevac pilot Dede Murawsky. Higher up, meet commercial and military aviators such as the Coast Guard’s Ronaqua Russell, the first African American female to receive the prestigious Air Medal for her rescue efforts during Hur These 15 women fly outside the lines. Soar beside Black Hawk helicopter pilot turned politician Tammy Duckworth, hot air balloonist Edgora McEwan, or medevac pilot Dede Murawsky. Higher up, meet commercial and military aviators such as the Coast Guard’s Ronaqua Russell, the first African American female to receive the prestigious Air Medal for her rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey. Next, ride along with Tammie Jo Shults, whose story includes a harrowing catastrophic engine failure while in command of 148 people aboard Southwest’s Flight 1380. Others share their experiences in military high-performance jets, the Stratotanker, or while flying for the Blue Angels. Reaching past the bounds of Earth are astronauts who have launched in the cramped Russian rocket, the Soyuz, orbited Earth while conducting critical science experiments, or lived aboard the International Space Station. In all cases, the women in this book faced obstacles. Throughout their rise to incredible accomplishment, these courageous go-getters persevered and endured, insisting on success. Ultimately, each succeeded on her path to flight.   These diverse high-flyers are dreamers and doers who believed, despite the odds, that soaring is possible.    


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These 15 women fly outside the lines. Soar beside Black Hawk helicopter pilot turned politician Tammy Duckworth, hot air balloonist Edgora McEwan, or medevac pilot Dede Murawsky. Higher up, meet commercial and military aviators such as the Coast Guard’s Ronaqua Russell, the first African American female to receive the prestigious Air Medal for her rescue efforts during Hur These 15 women fly outside the lines. Soar beside Black Hawk helicopter pilot turned politician Tammy Duckworth, hot air balloonist Edgora McEwan, or medevac pilot Dede Murawsky. Higher up, meet commercial and military aviators such as the Coast Guard’s Ronaqua Russell, the first African American female to receive the prestigious Air Medal for her rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey. Next, ride along with Tammie Jo Shults, whose story includes a harrowing catastrophic engine failure while in command of 148 people aboard Southwest’s Flight 1380. Others share their experiences in military high-performance jets, the Stratotanker, or while flying for the Blue Angels. Reaching past the bounds of Earth are astronauts who have launched in the cramped Russian rocket, the Soyuz, orbited Earth while conducting critical science experiments, or lived aboard the International Space Station. In all cases, the women in this book faced obstacles. Throughout their rise to incredible accomplishment, these courageous go-getters persevered and endured, insisting on success. Ultimately, each succeeded on her path to flight.   These diverse high-flyers are dreamers and doers who believed, despite the odds, that soaring is possible.    

35 review for High Flyers: 15 Inspiring Women Aviators and Astronauts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gehl

    My daughter loved the last book by this author (THRILL SEEKERS), so we were thrilled (pun intended!) to see this one coming out! There is nothing better to inspire kids than real-life stories of women who overcame a variety of obstacles to soar...both literally and figuratively! In HIGH FLYERS, every woman's story is fascinating in its own way, and intriguing sidebars give extra info in an easily-digestible way. Great for classroom or home libraries. My daughter loved the last book by this author (THRILL SEEKERS), so we were thrilled (pun intended!) to see this one coming out! There is nothing better to inspire kids than real-life stories of women who overcame a variety of obstacles to soar...both literally and figuratively! In HIGH FLYERS, every woman's story is fascinating in its own way, and intriguing sidebars give extra info in an easily-digestible way. Great for classroom or home libraries.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raelene

    I really wanted to like this more than I did. So this book is separated into three sections; Elevated (10,000-18,000 feet), Altitude (30,000-45,000 feet), and Outside Earth (62+ miles). What I did expect was that in the first two sections, almost every story consisted of the woman the story was about joining the military. And while by no means is that a bad thing, certain aspects seemed to get a bit repetitive. A woman being told no, persevering, and becoming a pilot by joining the military. I do I really wanted to like this more than I did. So this book is separated into three sections; Elevated (10,000-18,000 feet), Altitude (30,000-45,000 feet), and Outside Earth (62+ miles). What I did expect was that in the first two sections, almost every story consisted of the woman the story was about joining the military. And while by no means is that a bad thing, certain aspects seemed to get a bit repetitive. A woman being told no, persevering, and becoming a pilot by joining the military. I do understand why there was a focus on these women succeeding despite so many being told ‘no’ or having challenges following the career path they wanted. But the consistent mentions of these women being told no over and over came off as discouraging to me. Especially for a book targeted at young women, I just feel like if I was reading this as a teen, despite seeing these women succeed, I would personally be turned off by reading about so much rejection just by trying to follow a passion. All that being said, I enjoy stories about women succeeding, so 3 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ann Dallman

    “High Flyers: 15 Inspiring Female Aviators, Aeronauts, and Astronauts,” by Ann McCallum Staats, left this reader with a feeling of amazement and delight. Each chapter tells of the unfailing discipline, education, intense training and physical fitness required of the women whose stories unfold in 15 easy-to-read narrative accounts. I was fascinated by each woman’s story. My favorite was that of Senator Tammy Duckworth, a living example of strength, courage, determination and grit. Interwoven wi “High Flyers: 15 Inspiring Female Aviators, Aeronauts, and Astronauts,” by Ann McCallum Staats, left this reader with a feeling of amazement and delight. Each chapter tells of the unfailing discipline, education, intense training and physical fitness required of the women whose stories unfold in 15 easy-to-read narrative accounts. I was fascinated by each woman’s story. My favorite was that of Senator Tammy Duckworth, a living example of strength, courage, determination and grit. Interwoven with the personal stories and backgrounds of these incredible women are step-by-step explanations of the various flight processes ranging from commercial jetliners to hot-air balloons. “High Flyers” provides an inspiration for the younger reader and is a window to adventure for others. I couldn’t put this book down and recommend it for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Celine Parker

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    Christina

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