November is Aviation History Month

aviationConnecticut is rich in history when it comes to aviation.  Some of the biggest aviation manufacturers are located in Connecticut including: Sikorsky, United Technologies, sikorskyLockheed Martin, and Pratt & Whitney.  There are dozens of smaller companies that supply all sorts of parts and support to the aviation industry.  Connecticut is not only home to Bradley airportInternational Airport, but to many small local air fields as well.  There is Candlelight Farms Airport in New Milford, Groton-New London Airport, Markham Municipal Airport in Meriden, Ripley Field Airport in Litchfield  to name a few, along with many heliports throughout the state.  Most of the larger hospitals have heliports, and many companies also have their own heliports.

new englandConnecticut is fortunate to have a wonderful air musuem – The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.   And the Cheshire Library is fortunate to offer a pass for reduced admission to this museum, courtesy of the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.  For more information on this pass, click here.

The library also offers an extensive collection of materials about aviation.  For a list of titles, click here.  Below is a tiny sampling:

Chasing Icarus

Area 51 Black Jets

Fly By Wire: the geese, the glide, the miracle on the Hudson

Birdmen: the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss and the right to control the skies

The Aviator’s Wife Melanie Benjamin (Fiction)

Fly By Night – Ward Larson (Fiction)

Against Wind and Tide – Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Biography)

The Aviator   (DVD)

If you are interested in building paper airplanes, the library offers these titles.



BOOK REVIEW: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

We’re all familiar with the story of Charles Lindbergh and his place in history, but what of his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh?  We can barely recall her accomplishments in aviation history, as those accomplishments were overshadowed by her husband and Amelia Earhart.  Many people don’t know Anne was the first American woman to earn a first-class glider pilot’s license, or that without Anne, Charles would not have been able to achieve all his successes.

Author Melanie Benjamin takes us on a journey through the incredible life of Anne Morrow, using her imagination to weave a riveting story blending fact with fiction.  From Anne’s early days as the daughter of an Ambassador and student at Smith College, to wife, mother, aviator, writer, and person living in the shadow of a famous man, the author does a wonderful job of peeling back the layers of this complex and talented woman.  We also learn that Charles Lindbergh really wasn’t the hero everyone thought he was.

This is a well written, well researched book that keeps your attention.  I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting!  It also would be an excellent book club selection.