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North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier by Jennifer Bean Bower

The History Press
$19.99, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-609496951
March, 2015
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Viola Gentry of Rockingham County, North Carolina, learned to fly in 1924 and quickly achieved greater heights. In 1925, the aviatrix took her first solo flight. The following year, she flew under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and in 1928, she established the first officially recorded women's solo endurance flight record.

She became the first federally licensed female pilot from North Carolina that same year. She was a national celebrity, and her job in a New York restaurant secured her the nickname the ''Flying Cashier.'' Gentry became personal friends with fellow pioneers of aviation Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, and General James ''Jimmy'' Doolittle.

After a near-fatal crash, Gentry focused her efforts on championing aviation for women and preserving its early history. Author Jennifer Bean Bower reveals the life of one of the great women in Tar Heel State history.

Jennifer Bean Bower is an award-winning writer, native Tar Heel, and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bower is the author of North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier; Animal Adventures in North Carolina; Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem; and Moravians in North Carolina. She lives in Winston-Salem,  with her husband Larry and their pet rabbit Isabelle.

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