On Silver Wings: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, 1942-1944

TitleOn Silver Wings: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, 1942-1944
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsVerges, Marianne
Number of Pages255
PublisherBallantine Books
CityNew York
Abstract

They were heroic women who came from every corner of the nation and every walk of life: debutantes, teachers, businesswomen, housewives, daughters of farmers, and factory workers. Almost two thousand of them were accepted into the rigorous Army Air Force flight training program and received their wings--flying with the desert sand in their eyes, with ice on their wings, serving side by side with men flyers. Yet for all their daring and commitment, the WASPs still had to battle red tape, jealous insinuations, and political pressure. Still, they flew on, often outclassing their male counterparts in efficiency, reliability, and physical stamina. Their story rings with all the courage, romance, and adventure of the lives these extraordinary women lived.

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