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The women with silver wings: the inspiring true story of the Women Airforce Service pilots of World War II

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display_description"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.
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subject_facetAir pilots, Military -- United States -- Biography
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)
Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female
title_displayThe women with silver wings : the inspiring true story of the Women Airforce Service pilots of World War II
title_fullThe Women with Silver Wings The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
The women with silver wings : the inspiring true story of the Women Airforce Service pilots of World War II / Katherine Sharp Landdeck
title_shortThe women with silver wings
title_subthe inspiring true story of the Women Airforce Service pilots of World War II
topic_facetAir pilots, Military
History
Military
Nonfiction
Participation, Female
Women air pilots
Women's Studies
World War, 1939-1945