Florida possesses a unique, long history as a proving ground for pioneering female pilots. From the barnstorming era of the early 1900s to WASP pilots during World War II to modern military, commercial airline, and Space Shuttle pilots, Florida has played a prominent role in the development of female aviator history. These Florida tales will explore key female trailblazers; some Florida natives with flying exploits in their home state along with female pilots from elsewhere who made their exceptional mark in aviation history in the Sunshine State. These select Florida stories of ground-breaking female aviators weave their distinct narratives in an engaging, informative way.
Bridges DelPonte is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction works. Bridges has published extensively on women breaking legal barriers in the military and at military academies, including articles in New England Law Review, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, The Roanoke Times, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her legal nonfiction articles earned numerous writing awards, including two National Hoeber Memorial Awards. Her legal mystery, Deadly Sacrifices, A Marguerite Montez Mystery, featuring a Portuguese-American prosecutor on her first homicide case, won a Royal Palm Literary Award (silver/2d place) from the Florida Writers Association (FWA). She has also published an underwater fantasy novel, Bridles of Poseidon, a children's book, The Little Dusties - The Roar of the Silver Dragon (with illustrator, Michelle Bakay), and numerous short stories in anthologies. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, FWA, Sisters in Crime, Inc., and Citrus Crime Writers.