Corn's book depicts the public's attitude about flying, reflecting their lack of understanding of the mechanics involved. Pilots were awarded hero status akin to being almost godly. After all, they flew close to the heavens which provided them with an ethereal presense, Flying was thought of as a circus sport. As pilots learned the basics of flight safety, the weather, and navigation, many lost their lives. Headlines of death and destruction caused by airplanes didn't help the cause.
With the influence of well-respected pilots and supporters - Lindbergh, Doolittle, Earhart, and McQueen, aviation's reputation slowly changed during the late 1920s. The public began taking advantage of the many airlines which began to emerge throughout the United States. Women pilots, by setting endurance and altitude records, proved that flying was more than just a man's sport. The 1930s paved the way for a more wide-spread acceptance of aviation - and the beginning of licensing and certification of pilots and airplanes as well as some well-needed regulations for flight.