The 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 Book Summary

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 her student had just taken off when the bombs began to fall, and they barely made it back to ground that morning. Still, when the US Army put out a call for women pilots to aid the war effort, Fort was one of the first to respond. She became one of 1,900 women from across the nation--chosen from an application pool of more than 25,000--to converge on Sweetwater, Texas, to train for the U.S. Army Air Force in the hope of earning their silver wings.

In The Women with Silver Wings, historian Kate Landdeck introduces us to these young women as they meet even-tempered, methodical Nancy Love and formidable, demanding visionary Jacqueline Cochran, the women who first envisioned sending American women into the air, and whose rivalry would define the WASP. For women like Cornelia, it was a chance to serve her country--and to prove that women aviators are just as skilled and able as men.

While not authorized to serve in combat, the WASP helped train male pilots for service abroad and risked their lives to ferry bombers across the Atlantic. Cornelia herself 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, in 1943, with the tides of the war turning and fewer male pilots needed in Europe, Congress pulled out the rug from under the WASP. The program was disbanded, the women sent home. But the bonds they'd made during their time together never failed, and over the next few decades, they banded together to fight for recognition as the military veterans they were--and for their place in history.

Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, The Women with Silver Wings is an unforgettable portrait of these fearless, groundbreaking women and their long fight for justice.

Title:The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
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  • Katie B

    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 ...

  • Karen R

    4.5. Every so often a book comes my way that is incredibly inspiring and will live long in my heart. This story about the daring and brave women airfare service pilots (WASP) is one of them. I admire ...

  • Loraine

    I am not an avid non-fiction reader, but I found this new release absolutely fascinating. The Woman's Auxiliary Ferry Squadron or WAFS was developed during World War 2 to find women who were already c...

  • Toni Osborne

    The inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War 11Ms. Landdeck is an associate professor and teaches courses on the twentieth century United States and global war. What an i...

  • Maureen Caupp

    My favorite book of 2020 so far!The Women with Silver Wings tells the story of the women who trained and served as Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. Over 1000 thousand women served as WASPs a...

  • Annissa Joy Armstrong

    I enjoyed this book. It was very well written and contained a lot of information about women pilots and their contributions in aviation during WW ll. The women of WASP were the first women to fly for ...

  • Aurora

    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,...

  • Barbara

    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...

  • Dennis Hogan

    Finished The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II by Katherine Sharp Landdeck. This is a terrific account of the pioneering female avi...

  • Shari Suarez

    History books particularly those about the military tend to downplay women's involvement. This book sets out to right those wrongs.The author set out to make everyone aware of the female pilots during...