The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII
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At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for skilled pilots—but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure determination, 1,100 of these female pilots—who had to prove their worth time and time again—were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more.
Though the WASPs lived on military bases, trained as military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials.
Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to do good with no concern for personal gain.
Praise For Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII…
— Kirkus Reviews
"[An] often thrilling tribute to these aviation heroes."
— Publishers Weekly
*"It’s a truly inspiring read, and Pearson adeptly addresses the support and censure these fearless and dignified ladies received, and their shamefully drawn-out fight for recognition."
— Booklist, starred review
"Pearson excels at clarifying this complicated war for young readers in a style that is riveting, informative, and never watered down...A fine purchase that provides a more balanced and empowered perspective of U.S. history."
— School Library Journal
"Readers with an interest in women aviators may want to follow this title with Stone’s Almost Astronauts (BCCB 4/09) to learn what happened when women tried to soar even higher."
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781534404106, 208pp.
Publication Date: February 6, 2018