Flying for Her Country

Flying for Her Country

The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II

Book - 2009
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During the Second World War, women pilots were given the opportunity to fly military aircraft for the first time in history. In the United States, famed aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, where over one thousand women flyers ferried aircraft from factories to airbases throughout the United States and Canada from 1942 to 1944. In the Soviet Union, Marina Raskova, Russia's "Amelia Earhart," famous for her historic Far East flight in 1938, formed the USSR's first female aviation regiments that flew combat missions along the Eastern Front. Sharing both patriotism and a mutual love of aviation, these pioneering women flyers faced similar obstacles while challenging assumptions of male supremacy in wartime culture. Despite experiencing discrimination from male aircrews during the war, these intrepid airwomen ultimately earned their respect. The pilots' exploits and their courageous story, told so convincingly here, continue to inspire future generations of women in aviation.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. :, Potomac Books,, [2009]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597972666
1597972665
Branch Call Number: 940.54 Strebe 2009
Characteristics: xvii, 109 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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