Flappers 'n' Fliers

Ref: C2225592

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 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.
  • 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
  • Q & A sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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Flappers 'n' Fliers


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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