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American Women and Flight since 1940 by Deborah G. Douglas

By Deborah G. Douglas

girls run wind tunnel experiments, direct air site visitors, and fabricate airplanes. American girls were concerned with flight from the start, yet until eventually 1940, most folk believed girls couldn't fly, that Amelia Earhart was once an exception to the guideline. global warfare II replaced every thing. "It is at the list thatwomen can fly in addition to men," acknowledged normal Henry H. Arnold, commanding basic of the military Air Forces. The query grew to become "Should girls fly?" Deborah G. Douglas tells the tale of this ongoing debate and its effect on American heritage. From Jackie Cochran, whose perseverance resulted in the formation of the Women's military provider Pilots (WASP) in the course of global warfare II to the new achievements of Jeannie Flynn, the Air Force's first lady fighter pilot and Eileen Collins, NASA's first girl go back and forth commander, Douglas introduces a number of made up our minds girls who overcame prejudice and have become army fliers, airline pilots, and air and area engineers. now not forgotten are tales of flight attendants, air site visitors controllers, and mechanics. American girls and Flight for the reason that 1940 is a revised and elevated version of a Smithsonian nationwide Air and area Museum reference paintings. lengthy thought of the one most sensible reference paintings within the box, this new version includes large new illustrations and a complete bibliography.

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