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Call Sign Revlon: The Life and Death of Navy Fighter Pilot Kara Hultgreen

Spears, Sally

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ISBN 10: 1557508097 / ISBN 13: 9781557508096
Published by Naval Inst Pr, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A., 1998
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1998,1998 Stated First Printing, Fine book, Fine unclipped jacket 306 clean tight unmarked pages, 24 full pages of B/W photos, full black cloth covered boards with bright red foil lettering on the spine, jacket has a color photo Navy Fighter Pilot Kara Hultgreen on the front, her fighter jet upside down on a carrier ship after being raised 3,700 feet from the floor of the ocean. Bookseller Inventory # 001315

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Title: Call Sign Revlon: The Life and Death of Navy...

Publisher: Naval Inst Pr, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The author presents an illustrated biography of her daughter, Kara Hultgreen, the first woman to fly the Navy's F-14 in a combat squadron and the first female fighter pilot to die in the line of duty, whose gender and ambition clashed with Navy traditions. UP.

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In October 1994 Navy Lt. Kara Hultgreen died when her F-14 fighter jet crashed into the ocean during an attempt to land aboard an aircraft carrier. As the first woman to fly the high-powered Tomcat in a fighter squadron, Hultgreen was already a visible figure in the debate over whether women should serve in combat, and her death only intensified that debate. After her crash, sources within the Navy released documents to show that Hultgreen was an unqualified pilot who got through training because she was a woman. Hultgreen's supporters countered that the documents were incomplete and grossly misleading. Four years after the tragic mishap, Hultgreen's mother, a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, presents this work not as a tool of persuasion, but as the biography of a young pioneer. In many ways, it is a deeply engaging portrait. Drawing extensively from her daughter's letters and diaries, Spears shows the intense motivation and high energy of a young woman whose life was geared toward her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. A swaggering hell-raiser with a wicked sense of humor, Hultgreen pummeled her drunken assailant when groped at Tailhook. But Spears also includes considerable fluff: one chapter titled "Pamela" seems designed to settle a score with a friend who inexplicably dropped Hultgreen when her career declined. Ultimately, the most interesting chapters are those addressing the question of whether Hultgreen was truly qualified to be flying the F-14. With more substantive reporting, Spear might have offered a persuasive case on her daughter's behalf. 29 illustrations.
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