It was all about flying…

learning to fly
TWA stripes and wings

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.



How poignantly fatal the sky can be. Not giving it due respect, though, we continued to tempt fate, never knowing the terror felt by the unlucky ones before their deaths.

Flying alone: a memoir

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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.