The Flying Adventures of Jessie Keith “Chubbie” Miller

The Southern Hemisphere’s First International Aviatrix


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About the Book

Pioneer aviatrix Jessie “Chubbie” Miller made a significant contribution to aviation history. The first woman to fly from England to her native Australia (as co-pilot with her close friend Captain Bill Lancaster), she was also the first woman to fly more than 8000 miles, to cross the equator in the air and to traverse the Australian continent north to south.
Moving to America, Miller was a popular member of a group of female aviators that included Amelia Earhart, Bobby Trout, Pancho Barnes and Louise Thaden. As a competitor in international air races and a charter member of the first organization for women flyers, the Ninety-Nines, she quickly became famous. Her career was interrupted by her involvement in Lancaster’s sensational Miami trial for the murder of her lover, Haden Clarke, and by Lancaster’s disappearance a few years later while flying across the Sahara desert.

About the Author(s)

Chrystopher J. Spicer has written extensively about Australian and American film and history. He teaches writing and communication at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Chrystopher J. Spicer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 272
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6531-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2732-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Prologue 5

One. Under the Southern Cross 9

Two. Into the Air 25

Three. So Close, So Far Away 45

Four. Australia Fair 66

Five. Burning Bridges 88

Six. The Powder Puff Derby 97

Seven. Flying the Ford Tour 122

Eight. Lost in the Bermuda Triangle 136

Nine. Hard Times Down South 154

Ten. An Awful Thing Has Happened 171

Eleven. England, My England 209

Epilogue: Full Circle 232

Chapter Notes 237

Bibliography 253

Index 257

Book Reviews & Awards

“Even before I started it, I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this book. Well, I wasn’t disappointed…meticulous research…Spicer has done a remarkable job”—Airscape Magazine.