Dorothy Spicer set a world record – with a little help from the Isle of Wight

Eighty years ago in 1934, Dorothy Spicer broke through the all-male barrier against women training for an advanced qualification in aviation engineering. Women were barred from studying at technical schools for the Ground Engineers ‘B’ licence. Dorothy found a way around the blockage.

Pauline Gower and Dorothy Spicer with Spartan G-ABKK 'Helen of Troy'

Pauline Gower and Dorothy Spicer with Spartan G-ABKK ‘Helen of Troy’

Who would have thought that the Isle of Wight would play such an important part in helping Dorothy to set a world record. The Island, so often thought of as being decades behind mainland England, actually provided Miss Spicer with the training she needed.

Dorothy’s full story is here.

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