AKA Lydia Zvereva

Lidia Zvereva
Photo courtesy of Dr. Russell Naughton

If you search for "Lidia Zvereva" using Google, (5-25-04), you will find about 7 links. One of them is a very valuable resource.

Lidia Vissarionovna Zvereva (1890-1916)
     This page On Dr. Russell Naughton's "The Pioneers" website offers two links which refer to Lidia, one of them being an outstanding source of information. The link is to the website of the Russian Aviation Museum of Alexandre Savine. It offers a comprehensive revue of the life and career of Lidia and is the gateway to many other features of interest. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

If you search for "Lydia Zvereva" using Google, (5-25-04), you will find about 7 links. Most of them simply repeat the fact that she was the first Russian woman to be licensed.

Official Newsletter of the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society
July/August/September 2003
     This page offers a brief reference to Lidia as follows:
     "Lidia Zvereva, the first Russian woman to earn her pilotís certificate, in 1911, established an aircraft manufacturing plant with her husband that year, and subsequently built more than 90 aircraft during World War I."
     You may access the page by clicking on the title above. You may want to use the "FIND" function to find the entry on the page.

Before Amelia
Women Pilots in the Early
Days of Aviation
Eileen F. Lebow
Product Details
Cloth: 315 pages; 6x9 inches
List Price: $26.95
Your Price: $21.56
ISBN: 1574884824
Before Amelia is the remarkable story of the world's women pioneer aviators who braved the skies during the early days of flight. While most books have only examined the women aviators of a single country, Eileen Lebow looks at an international spectrum of pilots and their influence on each other. The story begins with Raymonde de Laroche, a French woman, who became the first licensed female pilot in 1909. De Laroche, Lidia Zvereva, Melli Beese, Hilda Hewlitt, Harriet Quimby, and the other women pilots profiled here rose above contemporary gender stereotypes and proved their ability to fly the temperamental heavier-than-air contraptions of the day.
Lebow provides excellent descriptions of the dangers and challenges of early flight. Crashes and broken bones were common, and many of the pioneers lost their lives. But these women were adventurers at heart. In an era when women's professional options were severely limited and the mere sight of ladies wearing pants caused a sensation, these women succeeded as pilots, flight instructors, airplane designers, stunt performers, and promoters. This book fills a large void in the history of the first two decades of flight
About The Author:
Eileen F. Lebow is an author and former teacher. Her previous books include Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz: The First Transcontinental Flight and A Grandstand Seat: The Army Balloon Corps in World War I. She lives in Washington, D.C.
     This book has several references to the career of Lidia Zyrevera. The coverage of the many other pioneer women aviators is excellent. It deserves to be in the library of anyone who is interested in these remarkable women. For more information and to order, go to the publisher's homepage by clicking on:
Brassey's Inc.

Lydia Zvereva died in 1916
Editor's Note:
If you have any information on this Early Flier,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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