Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation
Foreword by Hon. John Goglia, former NTSB board member
Aviation historian and author Giacinta Bradley Koontz presents over 20 fact-filled stories of aircraft mechanics before WWII. Among the women featured are Mary Solbrig, Katharine Stinson, Phoebe Omlie, Ruth Nichols, and Willa Brown.
In 1995, Giacinta became Director of the Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation and Museum in North Hollywood, California, where the Wright Brother's mechanic, Charles Taylor, and other aviation pioneers are buried. Although the small Portal museum officially closed in 2001, Giacinta assisted in writing the first state resolution honoring Taylor with Aviation Maintenance Technician Day in California in 2002.
In 2006, Giacinta started a column featuring the untold stories of aviation mechanics for Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine. This column laid the foundation for her book, Pioneer Mechanics in Aviation, published in 2011.
Published by Ironwood Publications, 150 pages, softcover
- Dozens of illustrations and vintage photographs
- References and index of aircraft, engines, and people
For today's AMTs Gia's research is important in reminding us where we came from.
- Ken MacTiernan, A&P, IA
Director, Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association
With her magazine articles on mechanics now combined with new stories into this book, Gia has filled in a blank spot that was long overdue in aviation history
- Capt. William Wilkerson, A&P
For years much has been printed about pilots. Now finally, the aviation community has a brilliantly written heritage of Mechanics, Engineers, and Builders. I doubly appreciate Ms. Koontz going the extra mile to uncover the achievements of women mechanics.
- Robin LaMar, A&P
Founder, Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance
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