North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry

The Flying Cashier

Non-Fiction - Biography
192 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2015
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry - The Flying Cashier by Jennifer Bean Bower begins with the birth of Viola in 1894, a tomboyish girl whose pranks include running away to join a circus with some local boys and getting caught. She gets into a marriage of her own choice which ends in a divorce and happens to move to Florida. There she comes across airplanes and becomes deeply attached to flying, works hard and earns enough money to pay for her lessons, goes to New York, makes a mark as the first woman to fly under the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, and breaks the endurance flying record for women. Her flying lessons being supported from her income for working as a cashier earns her the appellation, The Flying Cashier.

North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry - The Flying Cashier narrates the highs and lows in the childhood of this ordinary girl who rose to extraordinary heights. Also in this book are the many instances of carefree humor from this crazy lady. Imagine working hard for months to burn the full earnings in a few minutes! I must mention the unfortunate landing of this lady in a lunatic asylum, when she gets a feeling that she is “right there” where she “belonged”. Publishing her memoir, Hangar Flying, at the age of eighty adds to her long list of achievements. The author has certainly succeeded in presenting the many and varied facets of her life, much of it worthy of admiration and some evoking sympathy. A good collection of photographs of memorable events of the past makes this wonderful biography even more valuable.