The Women with Silver Wings

The Women with Silver Wings

Author: Katherine Sharp Landdeck

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781524762827

Category: History

Page: 0

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“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 “A powerful story of reinvention, community and ingenuity born out of global upheaval.”—Newsday 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.

The Women with Silver Wings

The Women with Silver Wings

Author: Katherine Sharp Landdeck

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9781524762834

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 604

“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 “A powerful story of reinvention, community and ingenuity born out of global upheaval.”—Newsday 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.

Silver Wings

Silver Wings

Author: Shirley Laine

Publisher:

ISBN: 047316549X

Category: Air pilots

Page: 288

View: 953

Have you ever had a yearning to fly? Do you look up when planes fly overhead? Have you ever seen a female pilot and wondered about her journey? SILVER WINGS tells the story of New Zealand's women flyers, from the 1920s, when a woman's place was deemed to be on the ground (preferably in the home), until the present day, when women fly every type of aircraft and are involved in aviation sport of all kinds. After 22 December 1925, when Gladys Sandford became the first woman in New Zealand to obtain a pilot licence, more and more women followed her example, despite some prejudice from male colleagues, from the aviation industry and from friends. Among the courageous early flyers of the 1930s was Jean Batten, whose name became a household word, and during World War II several New Zealand women flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary in England. In the 1950s and 1960s women flew recreationally and were also active in the sports of gliding and parachuting. Some paved the way into professional positions as flying instructors and topdressing pilots. By the late 1970s women were accepted as airline pilots and air traffic controllers and the first women engineering apprentices started training in 1980. The first woman pilot to graduate in the RNZAF did so in 1988. Originally published in 1989, and now updated and expanded in 2010, SILVER WINGS records the fascinating story of New Zealand women in the air from the pioneer era to the present day. Whether your interest is aviation, or women's history, this is an inspirational book, full of humour, adversity and adventure.

Silver Wings, Santiago Blue

Silver Wings, Santiago Blue

Author: Janet Dailey

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 1416588841

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 802

The story of the first WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, who risked their lives and suffered the censure of their peers to help the war effort during World War II.

On Silver Wings

On Silver Wings

Author: Marianne Verges

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015022047172

Category: History

Page: 255

View: 658

Profiles the courageous women pilots who received their wings from the rigorous Air Force training program during World War II