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Empire in the AirAirline Travel and the African Diaspora$
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Chandra D. Bhimull

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843473

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843473.001.0001

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Empire in the Air

Chandra D. Bhimull

NYU Press

The English author Virginia Woolf chronicled a woman’s first flight in “Flying over London,” an undated short piece that she most likely wrote in the late 1920s or 1930s.1

The airplane journey began. There were fifty to sixty airplanes grounded “like a flock of grasshoppers” in a shed, a Moth plane among them. The propeller engine started and the pilot made the plane “roar.” The Moth took off, sped-up, and the air travelers ascended....

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