The women with silver wings / Katherine Sharp Landdeck.
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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Detroit Lakes Public Library||920 LAN (Text)||33500013237466||New||Checked out||06/11/2020|
- ISBN: 9781524762810
- ISBN: 1524762814
- Physical Description: 435 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
- Edition: First Edition.
- Publisher: New York : Crown, 
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-415) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Teresa -- Wilmington -- Nancy Love -- Jacqueline Cochran -- Teresa -- Jackie and Dedie -- Dora -- The WAFS -- Dora -- The Hopefuls -- Nancy and Jackie -- Hazel and Dedie -- Women Airforce Service Pilots -- The WASP -- Teresa and Helen -- Jackie and Nancy -- Dora -- Marty -- Teresa -- Jackie and Nancy -- Disbandment -- The End of the Experiment -- Dora -- Finding Their Way -- Reunited -- The Fight for Recognition Begins -- The Year of the WASP -- The Final Flight.
"The thrilling true story of the daring female aviators who helped the United States win World War II-only to be forgotten by the country they served 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"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #1
In this breezy and fascinating history that touches on dramas large and small, members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) come alive. Drawing from extensive archives at Texas Woman's University (where she serves as an associate professor of history), as well as interviews gathered over the previous decades, Landdeck breathes new life into the WWII period. With a bitter battle over ambition and power at its center and all of the expectations for their gender constantly thrown in their way, the WASPs managed to accomplish serious feats of flying while aiding in the war effort. The fact that they were then forced to move to the sidelines and, in many cases, were rarely allowed to fly again after the war's end is as devastating today as it was then. With a gripping review of the battle to receive full recognition and benefits decades later for their war contributions, Landdeck moves beyond most histories. Readers interested in women in the military, and military, aviation, and women's history will find much to relish in this fresh, detailed account. WOMEN IN FOCUS Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
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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