Flappers 'n' Fliers

Ref: C2224627

This course covers developing air-routes; air-races embodying the national pride of participating nations; striving for records of endurance, altitiude, speed with both men and women seeking to be “first”. It also ecompasses the politics of aerial domination and aerial policing – influences that extended well beyond the decade. In a lighter note, it looks at flying fashions; barnstormers and stunt pilots, male and female - Flappers n’ Flyers –frolics through the golden age of aviation looking at the antics and escapades of the airmen and airwomen. The young woman sunbathing naked on the wing of her machine to more serious 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?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable 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 events during that era.
  • 3. Outline the political influences of aerial power – those that worked and those that didn’t.
  • 4. Describe the links between aviation from the period to air-travel today.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Flappers 'n' Fliers Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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