Island Girl to Airline Pilot

Island Girl to Airline Pilot A Story of Love, Sacrifice and Taking Flight

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Publisher's Synopsis

This is the incredible story of Silva Mcleod, the first Tongan woman to become an airline pilot, told with frankness and wit by Silva herself.

Silva was a Tongan girl from a small island with little hope of anything beyond getting married and having babies. Her dreams of becoming an airline pilot seemed just that - dreams - until

Ken McLeod came into Silva's life. He was an Australian hired to build a hospital on her island of Vava'u. She started dating him despite frowns from her family. After a whirlwind romance, they got married in a traditional Tongan ceremony before moving to Australia

Silva faced challenges in Australia as a woman of color. Then came the biggest challenge of all - Ken was diagnosed with cancer. He said to Silva, 'Do you still want to fly? Life is too short, if you have a dream, go for it.'

There were many barriers to succeeding in such a male-dominated field, but Silva refused to give in. She became the first Tongan female airline pilot and worked for the Royal Flying Doctor Service amongst other small airlines then Virgin International, flying B777s around the world.

With every new height Silva reached in her career, Ken's struggle with cancer continued. Despite the hardships, Silva is sure she would dare to do it all over again. Dare to love a white man and dare to pursue her dream to go from island girl to airline pilot. 

Book information

ISBN: 9781922539618
Publisher: Exisle publishing
Imprint: Exisle
Pub date:
DEWEY: 629.13092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 640g
Height: 152mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 25mm