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Kitchen to Cockpit: A Woman's Journey through the World of Aviation

978-1-920315-99-3

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A sincere, colourful account of the ongoing challenges that faced a young South African woman whose dream it was to fly – a woman, whose fierce determination and love of flying, combined with integrity, excellence and a keen sense of humour, has influenced women in aviation, both in South Africa and abroad.

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“FLOWING WATER DOESN'T BECOME STAGNANT, AND A DOOR PIVOT DOESN'T GET WORM-EATEN' – An old Chinese saying.

A sincere, colourful account of the ongoing challenges that faced a young South African woman whose dream it was to fly – a woman, whose fierce determination and love of flying, combined with integrity, excellence and a keen sense of humour, has influenced women in aviation, both in South Africa and abroad.

Yvonne van den Dool paints a rich picture of the scenario of women aviators around the world from the 1950's through to the 1980's, hghlighting their incredible achievements. Within this broader context of women in aviation, Yvonne shares the story of her life as South Africa's first woman to hold a Senior Commercial Pilot's Licence. With a strong, fearless spirit, Yvonne embarked on a journey that would not only lead her to fly Tiger Moths at tree-top level whilst spraying Tsetse flies at Kariba Dam, establish altitude records, represent South Africa in Washington DC as their first Governor of the Ninety-Nines and navigate the treacherous Basutoland Mountains, but also become a great role-model and mentor to her two daughters and three grand-daughters.

In 2010 Yvonne celebrated her 80th birthday by exploring the Silk Route in North Western China – an example of how she has lived life to the full. She lives in Hermanus, South Africa, where she continues to nurture her interest in physics, nature and life itself.

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