Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II, my recently released biography of a pioneering aviatrix, has been gathering praise wherever I’ve taken it this spring.
March 15 —Women In Aviation, International (WAI) in San Diego
Nancy Love was inducted into the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Allie, accepted the plaque and I served as Allie’s escort for the ceremony. It was so fitting to see Nancy’s hard work during those World War II years recognized. Attendees were delighted to see —and purchase — her biography.
April 6-13 — Sun n Fun at Lindner Airport in Lakeland FL:
Sales of the Nancy Love biography were good in the Author’s Corner and my talks drew attentive crowds. I also sold copies of my other two books — THE ORIGINALS: The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II and the WASP novel FLIGHT FROM FEAR, a WILLA Finalist in Original Softcover in 2003.
Fellow author CarolAnn Garratt’s Upon Silver Wings caught my attention. She tells of her around-the-world flight in her Mooney — a tribute to her mother who died in 2002 of Lou Gehrig’s disease — ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). CarolAnn’s book is a gem. And she’s planning another flight later this year. HYPERLINK "http://www.alsworldflight.com" www.alsworldflight.com
But the highlight at Sun n Fun was my 15-minute flight in a WWII trainer airplane. Look on my Website — www.sarahbyrnrickman.com — for my blow-by-blow description of the flight along with photos.
April 26, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) — Burke Lakefront Airport (Lake Erie) Cleveland.
Four WASPs and I were part of the Museum’s third annual Family Day. A big crowd — school kids, Girl Scouts, their parents and teachers — turned out. “Women in Uniform” was the theme. Aviation was the big winner that day as the kids learned about the WASP and other women flyers of note and the many opportunities available to boys and girls — men and women — in aviation. www.iwasm.org
Posted by Sarah Rickman, May 9, 2008