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Women Pilots of World War II

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Copyright: 1992
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 188 pp.
Illustrations: 60 illus.

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978-0-87480-493-5
$18.95
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Women Pilots of World War II

Jean Hascall Cole

Western History

Jean Hascall Cole’s interviews with her fellow classmates documents their valuable contribution to the history of women, aviation, and the military. Women Pilots of World War II presents a rare look at the personal experiences of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) by recording the adventures of one of eighteen classes of women to graduate from the Army Air Forces flight training school during World War II. This unique oral history verifies and shines a long-overdue spotlight on the flying accomplishments of these remarkable women.


Table of Contents:

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. How It Began
2. Avenger Field and Primary Training
3. Ground School and Basic Training
4. Instrument Training and Link
5. Cross-Country and Advanced Training
6. B-26 School
7. Other Bases, Other Planes
8. Test Pilots and Ferry Pilots
9. Pursuit Pilots and Bomber Pilots
10. Deactivation and Beyond
Epilogue
Glossary
Index


Praise and Reviews:

“A welcome celebration of vitality and courage. Its very simplicity, its unstrained anecdotal candor, seems a kind of proof of how natural is many women’s desire to use machines for a powerful freedom.”
—The Women’s Review of Books

“Absorbing, well written, and a pleasure to read.”
—Library Journal

“By detailing the background of each woman, telling who she was, how she came to aviation and to the WASPs, Cole has provided a valuable portrait of a unique historic group. A pleasure to read.”
—South Dakota History

“A rare look at the personal experiences of the Women Air Force Service Pilots.”
—NOW San Diego

“Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, Jean [Cole]’s book combines many bits and pieces into a lovely pattern alike with vibrant colors.”
—WASP News

“Extensively and well researched.”
—Airpower Journal

“Oral histories are only as good as the characters they deal with, and Cole has tapped a gold mine. Histories of the best sort, the kind that demonstrate that history is not simply a study of how the famous accomplish remarkable deeds, but of how people do what is required of them in remarkable ways.”
—Castro Valley Forum

“Clearly written and a pleasure to read. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in aviation or the role of women during World War II.”
—Military Review

“Enriched by many humorous anecdotes. The book captures the overwhelming energy and dedication of these women who were truly pioneers of their time.”
—Texas Books in Review

“A contribution to both women’s history and to that of the West, not to mention also to aviation history.”
—The Western Library

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