Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 8419 State Route 54 Hammondsport, NY 14840
ABOUT FLYING JENNY
People were doing all sorts of screwy things in 1929: They called their era the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties. It wasa time of boundless hope, optimism, and prosperity. “Blue
Skies” was the song on everyone’s lips. The tabloids were full of flagpole sitters, flappers doing the Charleston, and marathon dancers leaning on their partners through endless
nights. But everyone agreed that the stunt pilots took the cake. Ever since Charles Lindbergh had flown the Atlantic solo, the entire world had gone nuts over flying&mdasheven women were doing it.
Jenny Flynn defies the odds and conventions. “You can’t fly in a skirt,” she snaps in response to a question from Laura, an equally brash young woman who is crashing through her own
glass ceiling while reporting for a New York City newspaper. The two continually clash as Laura chases the story, following Jenny’s barnstorming escapades across the Midwest.
Flying Jenny offers a vivid and exciting portrait of an earlier time when airplanes were such a thing of wonder that crowds of spectators swarmed onto runways for a dangerous view
of the exploits of the pioneers&mdashmen and women&mdashof flight.
THEASA TUOHY is the daughter and namesake of a pioneering pilot who flew an old World War I “Jenny” with an OX-5 engine. She is the author of The Five O’Clock Follies and is a longtime journalist who worked
for five daily newspapers and the Associated Press. Her “first woman” stints include assistant city editor at the Detroit News and the copy desk at the (Newark) Star-Ledger.
Tuohy lives in Manhattan.