Hugh Armstrong Robinson: The Story of Flying Lucky 13 by Billie Holladay Skelley
Hugh Armstrong Robinson: The Story of Flying Lucky 13 details the life and accomplishments of aviation pioneer Hugh Armstrong Robinson (~1881-1963). Beginning with his early motorcycle and automobile exploits, the text follows Robinson's career from ballooning and dirigible flights to gliders and powered airplanes. Flying with his "Lucky 13" talisman, Robinson had many first-flight feats and gave over nine hundred flying exhibitions. Known as a daredevil and a showman, he was also a problem-solver. He invented the tailhook―a device that lets airplanes land safely on the deck of a ship―a concept so successful it is still used today. As a mechanic, inventor, engineer, stunt pilot, test pilot, consultant, and writer, Robinson devoted the majority of his life to aviation and helped to make the dream of human flight a reality.
Hugh Armstrong Robinson is the third book in the Goldminds Time Traveler Series highlighting remarkable individuals whose lives provide inspirational stories for young readers. The books also feature a "Did You Know?" section that provides additional details and milestones about the individual, a "Vocabulary" list where the more difficult words in the text are defined, and supplemental reference materials for further study.
About the Author
Billie Holladay Skelley is a retired registered nurse who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. In Madison, she worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, taught in the nursing program, and helped develop the nursing curriculum at Clarke College in Iowa. Since her retirement, Billie has focused on writing efforts and is a member of the Missouri Writers' Guild, the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc., the Joplin Writers' Guild, the Ozarks Writers League, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. An award-winning author, her work has appeared in American Journal of Nursing, Heart and Lung, Missouri Nurse, PreMedLife Magazine, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Today's Caregiver Magazine, Show Me the Ozarks, GAMbit, NSS News, Me, as a Child Poetry Series, My Mane Memories, Almanac for Farmers & City Folk, Ninety-Nines, Space Review, American Aviation Historical Society Journal, VietNow National Magazine, Stories of Joplin, Kentucky Explorer, God & Nature Magazine, Crowder Quill, Safe to Chew, Sasee, Harvard Magazine, Well Versed, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.
Published by Goldminds Publishing, 2019. Hardback, 40 pages.