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

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

Marianne Verges

Published by Ballantine Books, 1991
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Ballantine Books, New York. 1991. Hardcover. Signed by author on title page. First Edition/First Printing. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: Fine. DJ: Fine. White boards with white cloth overlay on spine with bright silver lettering on spine. 255 pp. These were women from all walks of life who served side-by-side with men flyers- they were Women Airforce Service Pilots- The WASPS- the first women to fly military aircraft. . This book recreates the stirring adventures of these women pilots, drawing on private papers, personal interviews, and heretofore classified government documents. A clean pristine copy. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: THEY WERE THE WOMEN WITH THE RIGHT STUFF.
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.
"Verges brings to life the joy these women found in flying and the dawning realization that women deserved a place in the sky."
--The Dallas Morning News
"Verges gives us the pride, emotion, and struggle of America's first deployment of women aviators."
--Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught
USAF (Retired)
"Inspiring."
--Publishers Weekly
From the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly: The almost-buried history of female pilots in WW II is carefully unearthed in this account of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and the organizations that preceded it. Freelance journalist Verges, wife of an airline executive, is candid about how women began making their contributions in the air: the chief impetus was provided by famed pilot Jacqueline Cochran, married to a millionaire tycoon who provided strong financial support to Franklin Roosevelt; almost all other early women pilots were from wealthy families, since flying was at first a hobby only for the rich. This profile changed by the early 1940s, when almost 2000 women had earned their wings and become indispensable to the war effort, ferrying planes around the country. They were fortunate in having the support of Air Force boss Gen. Hap Arnold and some young officers, but many mid-ranking members of the brass were petty and even vicious toward the women. The WASP was disbanded in late 1944 and the personnel were denied military rank; this they were finally awarded in 1973. An inspiring tale of a winning fight against prejudice.
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Title: On Silver Wings; The Women Airforce Service ...
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 1991
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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