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A WASP Among Eagles:

A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II

Paperback (132 pages), kindle
The first-person account of how Ann Baumgartner Carl learned to fly, trained as a WASP, and became one of the earliest jet-age pioneers.

A WASP Among Eagles:

Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of them, Ann Baumgartner, was assigned to the Fighter Flight Test Branch at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. There she would make history as the only woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war and the first woman to fly a jet.

A WASP among Eagles is the first-person story of how Baumgartner learned to fly, trained as a WASP, and became one of the earliest jet-age pioneers. Flying such planes as the Curtiss A-25 Helldiver, the Lockheed P-38, and the B-29 Superfortress, she was the first woman to participate in a host of experiments, including in-air refueling and flying the first fighter equipped with a pressurized cockpit. But in evaluating the long-awaited turbojet-powered Bell YP-59A, she set a "first" record that would remain unchallenged for ten years.

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  • ISBN13: 9781560988700
  • Condition: New
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  • 28 Jun 39 - Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force is formed
  • 11 Jan 40 - Britain's Women's Section of ATA delivers first airplane
  • 01 Jun 41 - WASP Mildred "Mickey" Tuttle marries
  • 21 Mar 43 - WAFS/WASP Cornelia Fort killed in service
  • 20 Apr 43 - Soviet Aces Katya Budanova, Lydia Litvyak
  • 03 Jul 43 - WASP Ann Baumgartner Carl graduates
  • 19 Jul 43 - Soviet Ace Yekaterina "Katya" Budanova KIA
  • 01 Aug 43 - Top scoring Soviet Ace Lydia Litvyak KIA
  • 05 Aug 43 - WFTD and WAFS merge to form WASPs
  • 28 Feb 44 - German test pilot Hanna Reitsch
  • 03 Apr 44 - WASP Evelyn Sharp killed in service
  • 16 Sep 44 - Maureen Dunlop of Britain's ATA
  • 02 May 45 - WASP Ann Baumgartner marries

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