Flappers 'n' Flyers

Ref: C2228318

The Roaring Twenties - an exciting era in aviation. This course covers developing air-routes; air-races embodying national pride; airmen and women striving for records of endurance, altitiude, speed - seeking to be “first”. The Imperial politics of aerial domination and aerial policing – influences extending well beyond the decade. In a lighter mood, it looks at flying fashions; barnstormers and stunt pilots, male and female. Flappers n’ Flyers frolics through this aerial golden age looking at the antics and escapades of airmen and airwomen. The young woman sunbathing naked on the wing of her machine - fine until the engine quit! More seriously, the courageous achievements of the first black woman to emerge from poverty, challenging race and gender prejudices to become a pilot. The course explores developments in air travel and the courage of those trail-blazing pioneers who began shrinking the world for countless folks to follow in unheard of comfort – well, sort of.

Course aim

The course educates learners interested in aviation 1919-1929 taking a “human interest” approach to pioneering aeronautics when men & women challenged the skies - sometimes successfully, sometimes disasterously.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Recognise the key personalities involved in aviation during 1919-1929.
  • 2. List the significant aviation events during that era.
  • 3. Outline the political influences of aerial power.
  • 4. Describe the links between aviation from the period to air-travel today.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No preceding knowledge is required nor do you need to bring anything.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Flappers 'n' Flyers


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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