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Daughter of the Air: The Brief Soaring Life of Cornelia Fort

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Praised by the Daily Oklahoman as "touching and entertaining", Rob Simbecks biographyof Cornelia Fort is wonderfully evocative and moving. Like Beryl Markham's and Amelia Earharts, Cornelia Forts daring life as a pilot was both inspiring and groundbreaking. Raised on her parents' Nashville estate and educated at a prestigious finishing school, Fort rejected the role expect ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 4th 2001 by Grove Press (first published 1999)
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Sugarpuss O'Shea
After reading AMELIA EARHART'S DAUGHTERS, I wanted to lean more about the women of the WAFS/WASP. When I learned there was a book about Cornelia Fort--the 1st woman pilot to die in the line of duty--I knew I had to read it.

While I always feel these types of biographies spend too much time on the Subject's early years/childhoods, I'd have to say that at least 2/3rds of this book actually does delve into Cornelia's flying career. The fact that Cornelia, a debutante from Nashville, saw Pearl Harbo
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I used to really love spending time at the Cornelia Fort Airpark (M88) a long time ago before it closed. I saw this book about Cornelia Fort and feeling nostalgic for her namesake airpark, I had to buy it! I'm so glad I did! I loved reading Cornelia's poetic love for aviation. I love how beautifully she put into words similar thoughts I have when I'm in the sky. I loved this biography, but especially loved the parts that quoted her letters. ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: shannon, jo, kim, joy and jerry
There are those who inspire and Cornelia Fort is to be counted among them, although few know of her. Cornelia was an unusual woman. A wealthy debutante here in Nashville, she was tall and not especially graceful, uncomfortable at social events. When one looks at the pictures of her, she appears horsish (yes, I believe I made that word up)or lovely. That really is of no consequence, but adds to her persona.
As the daughter of a BAM (that's broad ass marine, to you novices), I understood some of w
Kristi Woody
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I stumbled upon this book at a local bookstore in Nashville. Cornelia Fort had a wonderful story, and I love knowing that little piece of history. Simbeck did a great job of telling the story efficiently and with a great amount of detail on the flying without talking over the heads of readers. He also wove in the fascinating bits of her personal life with her professional life very well. I definitely left this book feeling inspired by Cornelia!
Pamela Beason
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I met author Rob Simbeck at a writers conference years ago. I just got around to reading his book about Cornelia Fort, who served as a daring young pilot in the Women's Air Ferry Service during World War II, battling bad weather in open-cockpit planes and enduring the unending sexism of the times. It's a fascinating read. ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to read an autobiography without it being a school project - I don't think I've done that before. As far as the book is concerned, it flows well through Cornelia Fort's life, painting a lecturer of her influences and motivations. I enjoyed her spirit and her willingness to break the mould. ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for winning the Cornelia Fort Memorial Scholarship. I love reading about intresting women in history. Who can beat giving flight instruction in a Piper Cub in Hawaii during the invasion of Pearl Harbor. I don't believe they ever taught fighting off the Japs in my private pilot. ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad for this book for recognizing her and how she was the start of women being in the military. I'm glad she got the recognition she deserves. ...more
Kasie Hardy
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting and detailed story of the life of one of the groundbreaking women in aviation.
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Rob has written for The Washington Post, Field & Stream, Guideposts, Free Inquiry, Country Weekly, and many others. His poetry has appeared in Rolling Stone, Modern Haiku, Epoch, Kansas Quarterly, and others.

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