Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Book Talk: Weekend Pilots

Book Talk: Weekend Pilots

The public is invited to a talk by Alan Meyer, author of Weekend Pilots: Technology, Masculinity, and Private Aviation in Postwar America, on Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.  

In 1960, 97 percent of private pilots were men. More than half a century later, this figure has barely changed. In Weekend Pilots, Meyer provides an engaging account of the post−World War II aviation community. Drawing on public records, trade association journals, newspaper accounts, and private papers and interviews, Meyer takes readers inside a white, male circle of the initiated that required exceptionally high skill levels, that celebrated facing and overcoming risk, and that encouraged fierce personal independence.

Alan D. Meyer, Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University, teaches history of technology and aviation history. He received his PhD in American History and History of Technology from the University of Delaware.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit



Last Updated: February 23, 2016