Friday, July 1st 5-7pm
Barbara Bell, author of
Waucoma Bookstore is hosting local Hood River author Barbara Bell for a book signing on Friday, July 1st from 5:00-7:00pm at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River). Bell will be signing her new book Flight Lessons: Navigating Through Life's Turbulence and Learning to Fly High
About the Book
Lessons from a female pioneer who embraced challenges from up above
When Barbara Bell was a child in the sixties, she often dreamed she was flying. In a deep sleep, she would soar through the rolling hills, with arms outstretched, as her body accelerated through the air. Many of these dreamy nights were spent gliding through the same cloud formations that she observed from her family's backyard in small-town Michigan. These dreams eventually transformed into reality when she went on to build a distinguished career as an aviator and naval flight test officer.
In Flight Lessons, Bell shares the unexpected turbulence she encountered while navigating thirty-five different types of US and allied aircraft, tallying over sixteen hundred hours of flight time. Her perseverance to push past the limits that were often placed on her as a woman in the military is what defines her today and gives her a platform to stand on when mentoring and the next generation of women.
Sprinkled with compelling personal anecdotes, Flight Lessons showcases Bell's trailblazing years of service and gives perspective on what women can accomplish with persistence and knowledge. With a narrative that is drenched in female empowerment, Flight Lessons chronicles an extraordinary journey of inspiration, thanks to Bell's belief in tackling challenges from a higher perspective.
About the Author
Flying has helped Barbara Bell view the world differently. As one of the first women to graduate from the US Naval Academy and the US Naval Test Pilot School, her perspective from up above has prepared her to empower the next generation of female leaders. In 1992, she and fellow aviators went to Capitol Hill to help successfully repeal the combat exclusions laws, opening up combat aircraft and ships to women in the services. She is happy to report that women now fly unrestricted in the services. Dr. Bell holds a BS in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy, an MS in astronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MA in theology from Marylhurst University, and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University and is also a graduate of Navy Test Pilot School.