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Heroes of the Sky




Lillian Boyer, "Empress of the Air"

Lillian Boyer was looking for a way to quit her job as a restaurant waitress—one of the few socially acceptable positions for women at the time—and go up into the open air. In 1921, two customers offered to take her up for an airplane ride and she accepted. Four days later—on only her second flight——she tried climbing out on the wing of the plane and never looked back. Her career as an aerial exhibitionist had begun.

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Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
See the planes on exhibit, check out the specifications and get a sneak peak in a few cockpits. Try one of these high- flying designs at home!


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