The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

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Crown, 2020 - 448 pagini
"With the fate of the free world hanging in the balance, women pilots went aloft to serve their nation. . . . A soaring tale in which, at long last, these daring World War II pilots gain the credit they deserve."--Liza Mundy, New York Times bestselling author of Code Girls

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Cornelia Fort was already in the air. At twenty-two, Fort had escaped Nashville's debutante scene for a fresh start as a flight instructor in Hawaii. She and her student were in the middle of their lesson when the bombs began to fall, and they barely made it back to ground that morning. Still, when the U.S. Army Air Forces put out a call for women pilots to aid the war effort, Fort was one of the first to respond. She became one of just over 1,100 women from across the nation to make it through the Army's rigorous selection process and earn her silver wings.

The brainchild of trailblazing pilots Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) gave women like Fort a chance to serve their country--and to prove that women aviators were just as skilled as men. While not authorized to serve in combat, the WASP helped train male pilots for service abroad, and ferried bombers and pursuits across the country. Thirty-eight WASP would not survive the war. But even taking into account these tragic losses, Love and Cochran's social experiment seemed to be a resounding success--until, with the tides of war turning, Congress clipped the women's wings. The program was disbanded, the women sent home. But the bonds they'd forged never failed, and over the next few decades they came together to fight for recognition as the military veterans they were--and for their place in history.
 

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Comentariu Utilizator  - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing

This book follows the fight for women to pilot planes during WWII, and the lives of the women themselves. The book also set up the rivalry between Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the two women who ... Citiți recenzia completă

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Comentariu Utilizator  - librarygeek33 - LibraryThing

I found the first part of the book to be very interesting since it's heavy on the personal stories of some of the early women pilots. As the story went on, it was more about details of the politics ... Citiți recenzia completă

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PROLOGUE
3
AIRMINDED
7
THE EXPERIMENT BEGINE
23
Chapter3 SHE WILL DIRECT THE WIMENPILLIS
32
ISTANDINE WIMAN FLIER OF THE WIRLD
47
THE FABILDIS FIRSI
77
A CHANCE II SERVE
89
CARRYING IN
106
I REGREI ID INFORMYDI 218
218
5IMPLE JUSTICE
225
DISBANDMENT
235
THE END OF THE EXPERIMENT
250
FINDING THEIRWAY
262
MDVING IN
272
REINIIED
281
THE FIGHT BEGINS
292

THE ARMY WAY
117
THE HDPEF15
125
EARNING THD5E WINES
134
AWENGER FIELD
145
Chapter 13 EXPANSIDN
158
Chapter 14 THE WIMEN AIRFIREE SERVICE FILIII
173
ENGLAND
179
Chapter 16 AERIAL DISHWASHERS
186
A GEDRET LITILE DEAL
200
THE LIST LAST CLA55
206
THE YEAR OF THE WASP
307
Chapter 28 IHE FINAL FLIGHT
319
EPILOGUE
330
AUTHORS N0TE
335
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
339
IN MEMORIAM
351
NOTES
353
INDEX
417
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Katherine Sharp Landdeck is an associate professor of history at Texas Woman's University, the home of the WASP archives. A Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned her Ph.D., Landdeck has received numerous awards for her work on the WASP and has appeared as an expert on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS, and the History channel. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and HuffPost, as well as in numerous academic and aviation publications. Landdeck is a licensed pilot who flies whenever she can.

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