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Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

By Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

TalkinAboutBessieL.jpg“Airplanes were widely used in air strikes during World War !, but after the war, civilians had no use for the machines or the pilots who had flown them. Several years would pass before planes were used to transport passengers. Until then, pilots who wished to earn a living flying resorted to performing death-defying stunts, hundreds of feet above the ground, at outdoor circuses. These stunts, or aerobatics, requited special skill, steady nerves, split-second timing, and great physical strength, for with each roll, loop or nosedive the pilot had to fight the natural force of gravity. There was no room for failure because failure often meant death. Not surprisingly, these barnstormers, as they were called, were known for their daring. One of the most daring and dazzling of them all was Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Coleman.” © 2002 Paperback

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