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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus; Revised edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781859892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781859896
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jackie Moggridge joined the ATA during WW2, receiving a King's Commendation for Services in the Air. After the war she continued to fly professionally whilst raising her two daughters. She died in 2004; her ashes were scattered from a Spitfire.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MOS on 7 July 2014
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I absolutely loved this book. Jackie's life story is truly gripping and inspirational – she achieved so much! Ferrying aircraft during WW2 for the ATA, and then continuing to fly after the war, in spite of the prejudiced majority who wanted women back in the kitchen! Jackie is so funny, warm and open, you can't help but be charmed by her. This is a great read for anyone interested in WW2 history and the ATA, but I would also recommend it to someone like myself, who doesn't know anything about the ATA, as it's just such an interesting, important story.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bookish E on 10 July 2014
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I love reading about WW2 and the ATA, but this book is so much more! Jackie had an amazing life, flying all around the world, and she tells her story in a brilliantly straightforward way. Such lovely photos too, it really brought the book to life. I just bought a second copy for my mum and she's going to read it with her book club, there's so much to talk about. A heart-warming and inspiring story. Top marks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stu on 14 July 2014
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Some people have to beat their own path Jackie Moggridge was one of these rare people.
As much dedicated to a career in flying as she was nieve about life this book shows that for some nothing is preordained
A really interesting book for both men and women - Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sally G on 15 Aug. 2014
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This autobiography combines an extraordinary story - Jackie Moggridge was born in interesting times - with a compellingly readable style. A powerful and wilful personality enabled her to achieve far more than women were ever expected to achieve in the early twentieth century. She became a pilot as a girl in South Africa, came to Britain and eventually (after much opposition) got a job with the ATA as a ferry pilot. This book sticks to her life as a flyer and doesn't try to be a complete autobiography makes it more focused and interesting. There are personal memories too but they are often tied in with descriptions of the remarkable places she saw and the flights and aircraft she loved so deeply. An intelligent woman with a real story to tell and a fascinating read for younger women to realise just how far we have progressed as a sex. The deep-rooted prejudice against skilled working women in the 1940's seems quite ridiculous now and women like JM showed men what females were capable of. A very educational and enjoyable book.
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This is a wonderful heart-warming story about one of the bravest of the girls who flew for the ATA, by her own hand, really well written and just takes you right back there. My first flying experiences were on a flight simulator with Monique Agazarian who was one of her ATA colleagues. All my subsequent instructors were female!

This is really a unique piece of British history - almost as important as the suffragette movement in allowing women to become equal to men. Men were sent to fight so women had to take over the non-combat roles. After the end of WW2 there was almost no employment for a women pilot as "the public wouldn't have it". Today, I am pleased to say, women are accepted on the flight deck as easily as men. In fact, I would prefer a woman pilot - judge them by the landings!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Riddle on 28 July 2014
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I pre-ordered this book (as I also own Jackie Moggridge Woman Pilot,1957) and I know what an incredible real life story hers is. The photographs, the little poems that she also wrote, Jill and Candy's touching introduction, the time line of events and Carolyn Grace's afterword make this book even more deeply personal and complete - not only is it Jackie's own story of her life in the sky and of her determination to achieve her dreams against all odds, it is a tribute to an extraordinary, pioneering and brave lady whose story will leave you inspired and in awe. (Yet I know she was the most humblest lady...)
Jackie Moggridge's story deserves to be told and this book does just that. Read it and reflect...

It is lovely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Cullen on 1 Aug. 2014
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An interesting account of one of the very best ATS girls. The fact that it was written over 50 years ago should not detract from the story, although it's a shame that Jackie didn't feel the need to update it in later years.

How different her access to the ATS was to that of Diane Barnato, who I assume was one of those aloof girls who wouldn't speak to Jackie at the time. Yet, despite her achievements and cajoling of the relevant authorities, it was Diane who broke the sound barrier, and not Jackie.

It's also interesting to see how Jackie's attitudes to Race changed and mellowed over the years. Brought up in South Africa, it should come as no surprise that she thought the way she did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VC on 1 Sept. 2014
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This was an amazing story told by an equally amazing woman. I have purchased several copies of this book and given them to my friends in the USA who have been absolutely awed by her guts and courage at flying and delivering these planes to wherever they were needed. It is obvious that this was not just a job for her but a way to
fulfill her passion for flying. Thank you Jackie for letting us glimpse into your brave and adventurous life and I wish you were still here to share the next phase which was obviously different but still would have fascinated us all
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