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Ruth Rowland Nichols was a pioneer of early aviation, the only woman yet to hold simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and distance, the first woman to attempt a solo flights across the Atlantic Ocean, the founder of the Relief Wings branch of the Civil Air Patrol and one of the most famous pilots of the 1930’s (even more famous than her friend and rival Amelia Earhart). Her courage and daring made her a national icon, but she is barely remembered now by the country that once praised her as its most famous “fly girl.”

Our guest is Keith O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History.

Thanks to Highbridge Audio for generously allowing us to use excerpts from the Fly Girls audiobook, read by Erin Bennett.

 

 

 

 

photo by Erik Jacobs

New York Times Bestselling author Keith O’Brien is a former reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent contributor to National Public Radio. His work has appeared on shows such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and This American Life. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Politico, and Slate, and is the author of Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness. He lives in New Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

 

Music featured in this episode includes

“Tin Roof Blues” performed by The New Hot 5

The Great One Step by Victor Dance Orchestra

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander” performed by The Melody Weavers (free download)

“Me” composed and performed by Jeff Cuno

Haydn Sonata in B minor, HOB XVI:32 – Movement 3 performed by Amanda Setlik Wilson

“What Will I Tell My Heart” by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy

“Tortues” from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, performed by Jeremy Dittus, Maria Jeffers
and the students of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

 

The post THE FLY GIRL Ruth Nichols appeared first on What'shername.

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