By Ann B. Carl
Earlier than international battle II such a lot americans didn't think that the common lady may fly professionally, yet throughout the conflict greater than one thousand girls pilots proved them fallacious. those have been the ladies Airforce carrier Pilots (WASPs), who served as army flyers at the domestic entrance. In March 1944 one in every of them, Ann Baumgartner, was once assigned to the Fighter Flight attempt department at Wright box in Dayton, Ohio. There she could make historical past because the simply girl to test-fly experimental planes in the course of the conflict and the 1st girl to fly a jet. A WASP between Eagles is the first-person tale of the way Baumgartner discovered to fly, knowledgeable as a WASP, and have become one of many earliest jet-age pioneers. Flying such planes because the Curtiss A-25 Helldiver, the Lockheed P-38, and the B-29 Superfortress, she used to be the 1st lady to take part in a bunch of experiments, together with in-air refueling and flying the 1st fighter outfitted with a pressurized cockpit. yet in comparing the long-awaited turbojet-powered Bell YP-59A, she set a “first” list that may stay unchallenged for ten years.
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Most ferried planes to bases. Others towed targets for artillery gunners, some were instructors, some flew special planes. In fact, they flew, without regard to risk, whatever they were asked to fly. They did not, however, aspire to fly in combat overseas. The years 199595 have been celebrated as the fiftieth anniversary of the WASPs. They have been sought out, individually and en masse, to speak and be on display. Uniforms have been brought out of mothballs and the stories of their wartime derring-do have at last been told.
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A Wasp Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II by Ann B. Carl