Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII
Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII
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Annotation: Looks at the brave women who helped the war effort during World War II by working as civilian pilots.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #154587
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 198 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-534-40410-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-534-40410-6
Dewey: 940.54
LCCN: 2017011062
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 39,979
Reading Level: 7.6
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.6 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 194793 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 1080L
Fly Girls

A night view of the 1939 New York World's Fair--"World of Tomorrow."

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In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II.

At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for skilled pilots—but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure determination, 1,100 of these female pilots—who had to prove their worth time and time again—were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more.

Though the WASPs lived on military bases, trained as military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials.

Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to do good with no concern for personal gain.


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