At thirteen years old, Beth’s heart was broken when her father died suddenly. But there was a bigger challenge ahead when doctors told her she probably had multiple sclerosis at 22 years old.
She vowed that this new challenge would not put restrictions on her and embarked on a lifelong dream to learn to fly for a major airline. Starting at the small local airport, the aviation world swallowed her whole, and the next five years of her life were as turbulent as an airplane in a thunderstorm, never knowing when, how or if she would emerge. An agonizing love affair with her flight instructor, dangerous risks in the sky and flying broken airplanes for shady companies all intertwined to define her road to the airlines.
Flying Alone is told with soul-baring candor, taking readers on a suspenseful journey through the terror, romance and ultimate victory of those years.
Reviews for “Flying Alone”
A beautifully written memoir of a young woman’s journey in search of acceptance and belonging. Beth’s vulnerability as she allows us to witness her attachment to an aviation instructor, her struggles to succeed, and her confusion. It’s a wonderful “feminist” story about pursuing a career in a male dominated culture, to be taken seriously and accepted.
Everyone who flies starts somewhere – and eventually ends their relationship airplanes. Most pilots write little more about aviation experiences than their log-book entries. But with each logged flight there is always a story. Beth’s well chronicled aviation stories begin with first flights and takes the reader on a detailed ride of her 5 years as pilot – years of successes, frustrations, close calls, dreams realized, and dreams lost. She cleverly intertwines her piloting tales with the mixed-bag of interpersonal relationships that inevitably result when dealing with fellow pilots and others tangentially touched by flying. My hat is off to Beth. Her book will warm the hearts of grizzled pilots like me or anyone seeking insight into the challenges and rewards of flying.