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The new book that salutes the women who refused to keep their feet on the ground

Packed with drama, adventure and sometimes heartbreak, Australian Women Pilots is a riveting salute to those women who refused to keep their feet on the ground. From pioneering and outback flights to delivering Spitfires or tackling the jungles of New Guinea, Australian Women Pilots tells of ten Australians with extraordinary stories.

Women have been flying since the early days of aviation but, with a few notable exceptions, they have rarely been visible or well known. Kathy Mexted shares the feats of trailblazers like Nancy Bird Walton, Deborah Wardley, who was told by Ansett that women couldn’t be pilots, and Gaby Kennard, the first Australian woman to fly solo around the world. Others are less known but their stories are just as extraordinary – pilots involved with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Britain’s Air Transport Auxiliary, the RAAF, aerial agriculture or long-range ferrying.

Kathy Mexted is a writer, photographer and editor of Airsport magazine. She learned to fly thirty years ago and flies light planes from her farm in Victoria.

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