Billie Swift Takes Flight
18 September 2022, 1.30pm£6.00
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October, 1942. When 12-year-old Billie is out exploring with her pet chicken, she sees a plane crash into a field and is left wondering if the pilot even survived.
Determined to find out more, Billie finds a way into the ATA – a group of amazing pilots who defy the odds to get planes from the factories to the front lines – and her life changes for ever. Some of the pilots are men who are too old, or too injured for the air force. But many more are women – intrepid, inspiring women who show Billie what she might grow up to become.
The story of the Second World War starring the brilliant pilots you’ve never heard of… the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), who battled against the odds to get the air force’s planes to the front lines. This coming-of-age tale is perfect for fans of Emma Carroll, Michael Morpurgo and Hilary McKay.
Iszi Lawrence is an author, comedian, podcaster and history presenter. She’s appeared on Netflix, presented BBC Radio 4’s Making History and hosts a number of podcasts, including The British Museum Membercast.
She loves jiu jitsu, dabbles in illustration, plays the guitar, likes cooking and dinosaurs.