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by Carol J Baxter

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Title:The fabulous flying Mrs Miller : an Australian's true story of adventure, danger, romance and murder
Authors:Carol J Baxter
Info:Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Flight, England, Australia, USA, Non Fiction, History

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The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller by Carol Baxter (2017)

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An amazing story of an Australian woman who became a flying ace, one who broke records and competed in Powder Puff Derbys.

Jessie (Chubbie) Miller is a woman that I am sure many readers have never heard of. But, by using Chubbie’s own journals, the author has brought her to life. And A fascinating life she did have.

Even though Chubbie had never flown, she became a co pilot on a trip from England to Australia in 1927. The pilot, Bill Lancaster, would become her best friend and lover , the man who introduced her into the world of aviation. Chubbie came to love that world and then to excel in flights to set records and promote female aviators.

This non fiction account reads like a novel . The author has added an extensive bibliography to the book.

I was enamored of this very feisty woman, her details of flights, the dangers, the mishaps, she faced.

Concluding with a sensational murder trial in Miami, this book will be a book club favorite.
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  librarian1204 | Mar 11, 2019 |
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An interesting story of one of the first record setting female aviators who got into flying as a way to get back to her home in Australia after a visit to family in Britain. It was a treacherous way to get home, but a much more adventurous one and adventure was what she was craving, even if she didn't know it at the time. Her life after was even more adventurous and possibly more dangerous. ( )
  koalamom | Mar 11, 2019 |
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The early days of aviation, filled with adventure, danger, and bravado, did not easily accept lady fliers. This, however, did not deter the women pilots although they chaffed at appellations such as ladybirds, petticoat pilots, flying flappers, and sweethearts of the air. Their daring achievements, now part of the glory days of early aviation history, revealed their stamina, their grit, their ability to pilot planes just as well as their male counterparts.

“The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller” recounts the exploits of Australian aviation pioneer Jessie “Chubbie” Miller who, although perhaps less well-known than Amelia Earhart, was nevertheless a contemporary of the accomplished aviatrix and who was one of the most successful women competing in air-racing circles. Along with many of the women pilots of the time, Jessie was one of the founding members of The Ninety-Nines, the non-profit international organization of women pilots. Among Jessie’s many accomplishments, she was the first women to first to fly across the equator, the first woman to fly more than eight thousand miles, and the first woman to become a test pilot.
As the narrative chronicles Jessie’s storied aviation life, it moves on to cover the controversial 1932 Miami murder trial of fellow aviator Bill Lancaster in which she was embroiled.

Well-researched and richly detailed, this engaging account of Jessie’s passion for flying and her spirited life during aviation’s golden age makes for fascinating reading.


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  jfe16 | Mar 10, 2019 |
Amazing story of flying in the 1920's and 30's - dangerous, uncomfortable and so many mechanical problems. These were detailed with descriptions of the long haul races Chubbie Miller took part in. Then the story suddenly turned into a love traingle and then murder trial. While Bill was not convicted, he met a tragic end not long after crashing his plane in the desert. ( )
  siri51 | Jul 18, 2018 |
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To the fabulous Chubbie Miller, for your consideration in

leaving so many personal accounts describing your activities,

thoughts, feelings and conversations.

A reader's delight. A writer's dream.
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Petite, glamorous and beguiling, Jessie "Chubbie" Miller was one remarkable woman...flyer, thrill seeker, heartbreaker. No adventure was too wild for her, no danger too extreme. And all over the world men adored her.

When the young Jessie left suburban Melbourne and her newspaper husband in 1927, little did she know that she'd become the first woman to complete an England to Australia flight (with a black silk gown thrown into her small flight bag, just in case,) or fly the first air race for women with Amelia Earhart, or that she would disappear over the Florida Straits feared lost forever only to charm her way to a rescue. Nor could she have predicted that five years later she'd find herself at the centre of one of the most notorious and controversial murder trials in United States history. And all this began with something as ridiculously mundane as a pat of butter.
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The remarkable true story of a beguiling Melbourne housewife who in the 1920s seeks international fame, fortune and adventure as an aviator and finds herself as the central figure in a sensational American murder trial.

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