Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII

byP. O'Connell Pearson

Paperback | February 12, 2019

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O'Connell Pearson
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“A truly inspiring read.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A solid account of women’s contributions as aviators during World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews

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 Women Airforce Service Pilots 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 serve others with no concern for personal gain.
Title:Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWIIFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 9 X 6.12 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:224 pages, 9 X 6.12 X 0.7 inPublished:February 12, 2019Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1534404112

ISBN - 13:9781534404113

Appropriate for ages: 10

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"[An] often thrilling tribute to these aviation heroes."