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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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The thrilling, as-yet-untold history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the daring female aviators who helped the United States win World War II.

When Japanese planes executed a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Cornelia Fort was already in the air. At twenty-two, Fort was a failed debutante hoping for a fresh start as a flight instructor in Hawaii. She and
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Crown
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Katie B
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I figured the odds were good when I picked this one up that I would find this to be an interesting read. I've read quite a few books about female aviators and also the roles women played during World War 2 but this is actually the first time I've had the opportunity to read a nonfiction book devoted to the two subjects. It truly was an honor to learn more about these women and this book was definitely a worthwhile read.

After the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States needed pilots to go
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Toni Osborne
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War 11

Ms. Landdeck is an associate professor and teaches courses on the twentieth century United States and global war. What an interesting read her book is.

“The Women with Silver Wings” is the culmination of her 20 years of research on the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The WASP were the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, serving between 1942 and 1944 at the height of World WAR 11. These daring female
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Barbara
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apparently, it was a popular thing for young women of middle-class and upper-class to fly and earn their pilots’ licenses in the late 1930’s. The male pilots were reluctant to share the skies with the ladies, but it became necessary as World War II involvement needed more pilots. These ladies ferried new airplanes from factories to military fields. It wasn’t until President Jimmy Carter’s administration that the women received military benefits. The personal lives and aviation details of five ...more
Aurora
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's obvious from the very first chapter that this book was a labour of love. With a relentless attention to detail and an understanding gained through hours of work including tracking down news item, letters, photos, documents and interviews with many of the WASP, Katherine Sharp Landdeck captures the passion, the dedication and the disappointments and heartache of a group of women pilots who were all bout forgotten by the country they loved and served.
As an aviation enthusiast who has always
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Betty
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a superbly researched and written book about the brave young women who were eager to serve their country during World War II by ferrying new aircraft from the factories to the military pick-up point. Having served in the USAF in the mid-70s I could relate to some of the skepticism they encountered not only from the military men but from society in general. As all able-bodied males were off fighting in the war, there was a serious shortage of pilots. These gutsy women rushed in to fill ...more
Chris
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I'm not normally a big nonfiction reader, but I absolutely loved this book. I was drawn in instantly to the story of American women pilots during WWII. I loved learning about the adventurous spirit of the women and was rooting for them in the same way I root for characters in novels. Katherine Sharp Landdeck does an amazing job bringing these women's story out of the shadows of historical obscurity and making the reader fall in love with their spirit and pluck. The only thing that drops it down ...more
Jeanne
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is truly is an untold story. It starts out like it's going to be a basic nonfiction book about a group of women and their piloting escapades, but very quickly you're brought into the details of these women's lives and suddenly you're right there with them. There were 1100 women trained to fly various types of planes around the country during the war to free up male pilots for combat. It is galling to look back and realize that even in the 70s there were men (and some women) who didn't think ...more
Erin
Katherine Sharp Landdeck's detailed account of the day-to-day experiences of the women who flew for the Army Air Forces and the long-term machinations and political maneuvering involved in the evolving alphabet soup of acronyms is riveting. Her extensive research included years of interviewing and becoming friends with dozens of the women; reading their letters, diaries, memoirs, and speeches; combing through newspaper archives, photos, accident reports, and government documents; and ...more
Jean A
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific read with engrossing narrative that recounts the history of the WASP including the origins of the program as well as the fight for recognition as veterans which did not happen until 1977. Stories of individual WASP provide the hook that keeps the pages turning. Whether you are already knowledgeable about the WASP or just learning of their existence, Katherine Landdeck does a great job of educating whilst entertaining.
Jan
Has anyone ever figured out why most men are afraid of capable women? This interesting chronicle of the American women who paved the way for those coming after to be able to fly as military pilots first and later as commercial pilots (so long as they weren't having their menstrual!). Although demonstrably capable and skilled, they were fobbed off as lowest class pilots during the second World War and neglected by the military and the government afterward. It is both fascinating and frustrating ...more
Jen
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely thrilling book--the true story of the very first women ever to fly for the US Military. A world War II--and beyond--story that will enthrall you, break your heart, and, finally, uplift you all the way to the bluest skies. Highly recommend.
Cherei
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was much, much more than a story about women pilots. These women gave everything they had to give of themselves for the war. They were bold, fearless, full of spirit and adventure. These women put themselves in danger all the time. And, they were treated horribly by the military brass and politicians of the day. It wasn't until most had passed away... that someone finally decided that they should get a taste of what they should have received then. I cannot fathom that the military didn't ...more
Jane
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Women with Silver Wings is a fascinating study of the women pilots who against all odds and a good portion of the men they interacted, with made a significant contribution to the WWII war efforts. Meticulously researched using among other things oral histories and diaries, the flow of the story is smooth, easy to follow, and filled with lots of gossipy tidbits that make this a wonderful read. Readers are introduced to the major players, Nancy Love, Teresa James, Jacqueline Cochran and a host ...more
Abby
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.....I would give this a solid 4-1/4 stars. One reason I reached for this book was that I had not read anything previously about WASP and was curious how woman played a part during World War II. The book was well researched, but I did have problems keeping track who was who, and who did what...and, unfortunately, it did drag towards the end of the book. It felt like the author was trying to cram in as much information as possible. That being said, I have so much ...more
Wally
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. I was aware of the WASP but had barely any understanding of when their status in the armed services and the roles they played during WWII. Landdeck's book gave me an in-depth understanding of who the women were who started the WASPs, how they became interested in flying and learned to fly and perhaps most importantly the struggles they went through to become a recognized part of the armed services. And, she did all this and made the women (girls) feel alive to me. A ...more
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