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Walking on Air: The Aerial Adventures of Phoebe Omlie

Janann Sherman


Aviation pioneer Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie (1902–1975) was once one of the most famous women in America. In the 1930s, her words and photographs were splashed across the front pages of newspapers across the nation. The press labeled her “second only to Amelia Earhart among America’s women pilots,” and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt named her among the “eleven women whose achievements make it safe to say that the world is progressing.” Omlie began her career in the early 1920s, when aviation was unregulated and open to those daring enough to take it on, male or female. She earned the first commercia ... More

Keywords: aviation pioneer, Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie, America’s women pilots, Eleanor Roosevelt, commercial pilot’s license, air racer, New Deal, federal aeronautics, Des Moines, Curtiss JN-4D

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031243
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janann Sherman, author