'The Hallelujah Flight' by Phil Bildner is an exciting picture book telling about the heroic transcontinental flight of the African-American pilot, James Banning.
Overcoming many obstacles; a beat-up 0XX6 Eagle Rock plane, a severe shortage of supplies, and racial prejudice, James Banning and his copilot Thomas Allen, captured the hearts of the American people when they flew over New York Harbor on October 9, 1932 completing their historic flight. Called the 'Flying Hoboes' because of their plane's condition and their shortage of supplies, James and Thomas became an inspiration to many Americans that all things are possible.
Similar authors: Reeve Lindberg; Wanda Langley; James Haskins:
Similar books: Black Eagles: African Americans in aviation by James Haskins;
Flying Free: America's first black aviators by Philip Hart;
Women of the Wind; early women aviators by Wanda Langley;
Nobody Owns The Sky:the story of 'brave Bessie' Coleman by Reeve Lindberg
Date read: 7/21/2010