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Flying For Her Country

Author : Amy Goodpaster Strebe
ISBN : 0275994341
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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American and Russian women served vailantly as pilots during the Second World War, in spite of gender discrimination and the lack of postwar aviation opportunities.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Women Military Pilots Of World War Ii

Author : Lois K. Merry
ISBN : 9780786457687
Genre : History
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"These pilots ferried aircraft, flew targets for ground artillery practice, tested airplanes and equipment, and many of them flew in combat. Topics covered include the training of female pilots, how female flight units were developed and structured, the hazards of conflict, and how these women reintegrated into civilian life following the war"--Provided by publisher.
Category: History

Women Pilots Of World War Ii

Author : Jean Hascall Cole
ISBN : 0874804930
Genre : History
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Jean Hascall Cole's interviews with her fellow classmates documents their valuable contribution to the history of women, aviation, and the military. Women Pilots of World War II presents a rare look at the personal experiences of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) by recording the adventures of one of eighteen classes of women to graduate from the Army Air Forces flight training school during World War II. This unique oral history verifies and shines a long-overdue spotlight on the flying accomplishments of these remarkable women.
Category: History

A Wasp Among Eagles

Author : Ann Carl
ISBN : 9781588343413
Genre : History
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Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of them, Ann Baumgartner, was assigned to the Fighter Flight Test Branch at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. There she would make history as the only woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war and the first woman to fly a jet. A WASP among Eagles is the first-person story of how Baumgartner learned to fly, trained as a WASP, and became one of the earliest jet-age pioneers. Flying such planes as the Curtiss A-25 Helldiver, the Lockheed P-38, and the B-29 Superfortress, she was the first woman to participate in a host of experiments, including in-air refueling and flying the first fighter equipped with a pressurized cockpit. But in evaluating the long-awaited turbojet-powered Bell YP-59A, she set a “first” record that would remain unchallenged for ten years.
Category: History

Winning My Wings

Author : Marion Stegemen Hodgson
ISBN : UOM:39015038131143
Genre : Air pilots, Military
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One of the First Women in the United States to train as a military pilot, the author was part of a little-known World War II experiment called the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) program, which gave young women the then unheard-of opportunity to fly military aircraft. Marion Hodgson tells an exuberant story of the time back in 1943 when she and other WASPs earned their hard-won wings. They learned to fly everything from open-cockpit primary trainers to P-51 Mustangs, B-26 Marauders, and B-29 Superfortresses, and their stateside missions freed their male counterparts for combat duty overseas. An unlikely volunteer, Hodgson was at first terrified of flying, but she and other WASPs succeeded not only in winning their wings but in breaking the barriers against women in military cockpits. This is an action-packed story, often humorous and sometimes harrowing, told mostly through letters Hodgson wrote to a Marine pilot fighting for his life after a fiery crash. Some of her letters describe the crashes their killed thirty-eight WASPs. Others reveal what it was like for these pioneering women as they ferried planes from factories to airfields, test-flew repaired aircraft, and performed a variety of other duties traditionally assigned to men. On a more personal level, the book is a coming-of-age story and a love story - Hodgson married the Marine pilot.
Category: Air pilots, Military

Pioneer Women Military Pilots

Author : Jan Churchill
ISBN : 0692710973
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Pioneer Women Military Pilots - At New Castle Army Air Base in World War II, by Jan Churchill, tells the story of the volunteers, members of the Delaware Chapter of the Ninety-Nines and the Delaware Guard, who raised money for a bronze plaque in 1985, and a life-sized statue in 1995, to be placed at the Terminal Building at the New Castle County Airport where it all began. In the process, many of the women pilots known as the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and later the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) wrote letters to Churchill, which are in this book. A Foreword written by Brig. General Kennard R. Wiggins Jr., (Delaware Air National Guard, Ret.) pays tribute to these pioneer pilots, including tragic loss of life, as they served their country as civilian pilots. The large size book of 50 pages, with over 60 illustrations, also tells about the American women who went to England during World War II to fly for the Air Transport Auxiliary. Many letters tell of the "behind the scenes" things that made two great ceremonies possible, the Dedication of the Bronze Plaque in 1985 and the Statue (by Charles Cropper Parks) unveiling in 1995. The role played by Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) is acknowledged. The last chapter "Pioneer Women Aviators" brings the reader up to date about out governments treatment of women pilots. Author Jan Churchill is a military historian-author-lecturer. She was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000, its first year of recognizing outstanding aviators in Delaware.

A Dance With Death

Author : Anne Noggle
ISBN : 1585441775
Genre : History
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For their heroism and success against the enemy, two of the women's regiments were honored by designation as "Guard" regiments. At least thirty women were decorated with the gold star of Hero of the Soviet Union, their nation's highest award.
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Author : Vera S. Williams
ISBN : 0879388560
Genre : History
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En illustreret beretning om og af kvindelige piloter i den amerikanske WASP-organisation under 2. verdenskrig.
Category: History

Nancy Love And The Wasp Ferry Pilots Of World War Ii

Author : Sarah Byrn Rickman
ISBN : 9781574412413
Genre : History
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She flew the swift P-51 and the capricious P-38, but the heavy, four-engine B-17 bomber and C-54 transport were her forte. This is the story of Nancy Harkness Love who, early in World War II, recruited and led the first group of twenty-eight women to fly military aircraft for the U.S. Army. When the United States entered World War II, the Army needed pilots to transport or "ferry" its combat-bound aircraft across the United States for overseas deployment and its trainer airplanes to flight training bases. Most male pilots were assigned to combat preparation, leaving few available for ferrying jobs. Into this vacuum stepped Nancy Love and her civilian Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). Love had advocated using women as ferry pilots as early as 1940. Jackie Cochran envisioned a more ambitious plan, to train women to perform a variety of the military's flight-related jobs stateside. The Army implemented both programs in the fall of 1942, but Jackie's idea piqued General Hap Arnold's interest and, by summer 1943, her concept had won. The women's programs became one under the name Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), with Cochran as the Director of Women Pilots and Love as the Executive for WASP. Nancy Love believed that the women attached to the military needed to be on equal footing with the men and given the same opportunities to prove their abilities and mettle. Young women serving today as combat pilots owe much to Love for creating the opportunity for women to serve. Her foresight and tenacity nearly seventy years ago helped ensure their future. Now author Sarah Byrn Rickman, aviation historian, presents the first full-length biography of Nancy Love and her role in the WAFS and WASP programs, Her book will appeal to all with a love of flight.
Category: History

Night Witches

Author : Bruce Myles
ISBN : IND:30000045718008
Genre : History
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In 1941, as Nazi hordes swept east into the Soviet Union, a desperte call went out for women to join the Russian air force. The result - three entire regiments of women pilots and bombers - was a phenomenon unmatched in World II. Through interviews with these courageous pilots, the author uncovers their story. Soon to be a major motion picture.
Category: History