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Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women… (1998)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380729849, Paperback)The first American woman to fly a plane ignored the orders of her flight instructor and unblocked the throttle he had rigged to prevent her takeoff. She lifted above where he stood on the tarmac for a few moments before returning, triumphant, to the ground. From that moment, the history of America's airwomen has been one such high-flying rebellion after another. In chapters that intercut profiles of the most important (and forgotten) American women aviators with a more general history of aviation, Amelia Earhart's Daughters revives this fascinating and underdocumented slice of American women's history.
As Haynsworth and Toomey explain, female aviators in the U.S. earned their way as "barnstormers" in the first two decades of the 20th century, performing airborne stunts for the enthralled masses at county fairs and exhibitions. When America's role in World War II deepened after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, enterprising women pilots pushed for and finally found work as Women's Airforce Service Pilots, delivering military planes for combat around the country and overseas. Finally, women demanded and, after much disappointment, gained a role in the U.S. aerospace program. Although the authors' desire for completeness sometimes leads to digression, these terrific, adventurous women are well worth knowing. Read and be inspired! --Maria Dolan
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:08 -0400)
In 1942, with war raging on two fronts and military pilots in short supply, the U.S. Army Air Force launched a small, cautious experiment - it invited a handful of skilled female aviators to serve in its Ferrying Division, delivering military planes from factories to air bases all over the country. Eventually, more than one thousand women served their country as Women's Airforce Service Pilots. These women were much more than subs - they flew B-26s when men were afraid to, flew every aircraft in the inventory of the U.S. Army Air Force, and logged over six million miles in all kinds of weather. Led by the famous aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran, these forgotten women were superb pilots, the equals of any fighter jock.In 1961, Dr. Randolph Lovelace, a member of NASA's Life Sciences Committee, invited thirteen women to participate in what he termed a "Women in Space" program. The women were given cause to hope that NASA would allow at least one of them to fly as an astronaut. The matter went as far as Congress, where it was debated in two days of dramatic hearings that included testimony from astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. Unfortunately, although these women had the right stuff, it was the wrong time for women in space. This is a story of dreams fulfilled and dreams deferred, a story of fierce patriotism, courage, and heartbreak, and a story of two generations of women aviators who have too long been forgotten.
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