One of Britain's Top Women Pilots Tells Her Remarkable Story from Pre-War Flying to Breaking the Sound Barrier
By 19,36 Diana had enough of her affluent, chaperoned existence and sought excitement in flying, soloing at Brooklands after only six hours' training. Joining the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1941 to help ferry aircraft to squadrons and bases, she flew scores of different aircraft--fighters, bombers, and trainers--in all kinds of conditions and without radio. In 1962 she was awarded the Jean Lennox Bird Trophy for notable achievement in aviation and then--her greatest moment--in 1963 flew a Lightning through the sound barrier becoming 'the fastest woman in the world'. She was awarded the MBE in 1965. Her remarkable memoirs are now available in paperback. Brimming with adventure, anecdotes and famous names, the book makes compelling reading.