It’s been quiet here because of winter weather and a new job keeping me down on the ground. I’m finally getting a week off at the beginning of February and hoping to get up once or twice. It’s been too long. Ideally, I want to go refresh landings with my CFI and maybe a bit of spin training?! Also a trip with a friend. We’ll see how the weather likes me.
I’ve been thinking about aviation a lot lately. Maybe because I haven’t been able to get up, or just because I like it? I’ve also been studying to take the Dispatcher written test, lots of new things and complicated things to understand. I have to study the ATP test prep because it’s practically the same test. I’m an avgeek and like to learn about all thing aviation, but for a dispatcher, it is kind of unnecessary to learn some of the ATP test. I’ll do it and enjoy it though.
I wanted to give myself a bit of a break from that though. I also found out I’m not great at studying on the subway at 6:00am. Shocker, right? So I found myself reading some aviation fiction. I picked up Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. It’s a fictional story about a light-skinned black girl passing for white to join the WASPS. It was a pretty good read.
At first, I was a little disappointed because I thought the writing would be more adult, but I soon forgot that once I got into the story. It did have some true-ish facts about the WASPs. It was true two WASPs Dora Doughtery and Dorothea Moorman flew the B-29 to get men to fly it — because if a woman can do it, so can you! But it wasn’t the dramatic experience as it was in the book.
Now, I also gave the writing a lot of benefit of the doubt. Just because a lot of the terminology was wrong. Maybe it was different back then? I don’t know. I feel like the author maybe didn’t do enough research in that department. In the B-29 scene, for example, she used the word “stall” for an engine failure a few times, but switched between stall and failed engine. I know, I know, that’s the acceptable term, at least in automobiles, for an engine that quit, but I haven’t heard anyone use it in aviation in that way. It was things like that which bugged me, just ever so slightly. Anyway, that aside, good story and a quick read!
I hope to go up sometime in February and will share that with you all. I’ve also moved onto another aviation book. I went to visit one of my best friends in Houston and then went to Vegas together as a belated birthday celebration for me, but she gave me two new aviation books for my birthday. Obviously, I was reading before the night was over. So I’m half way through “The Powder Puff Derby of 1929” which is amazing. It’s a true story, but told in an amazing way. I’m also finding out Amelia Earhart wasn’t all that, there are way cooler female aviators. I do still love Amelia Earhart.