By Sarah Byrn Rickman
She flew the speedy P-51 and the capricious P-38, however the heavy, four-engine B-17 bomber and C-54 shipping have been her distinctiveness. this is often the tale of Nancy Harkness Love who, early in global warfare II, recruited and led the 1st crew of twenty-eight ladies to fly army airplane for the U.S. military. whilst the U.S. entered global warfare II, the military wanted pilots to move or "ferry" its combat-bound plane around the usa for in another country deployment and its coach airplanes to flight education bases. Male pilots have been in brief offer, so into this vacuum stepped Nancy Love and her Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). firstly the military applied either the WAFS software and Jacqueline Cochran's extra bold plan to coach ladies to do some of the military's flight-related jobs stateside. by way of 1943, normal Hap Arnold determined to mix the women's courses and shaped the ladies Airforce carrier Pilots (WASP), with Cochran because the Director of ladies Pilots. Love was once named the administrative for WASP. Nancy Love steered the Ferrying department, which used to be a part of the Air delivery Command, as to the simplest use in their civilian WASP ferry pilots. She supervised their allocation and air-training software. by way of instance, Love received the fitting for ladies ferry pilots to transition into more and more advanced airplanes. She looked at on twenty-three varied army airplane and have become the 1st lady to fly numerous of them, together with the B-17 Flying citadel. Her global battle II profession ended on a excessive be aware: following a general's orders, she piloted a massive C-54 military shipping over the fabled China-Burma-India "Hump," the the most important airlift course over the Himalayas. younger ladies serving this day as strive against pilots owe a lot to like for developing the chance for girls to serve. Now writer Sarah Byrn Rickman, aviation historian, offers the 1st full-length biography of Nancy Love and her function within the WAFS and WASP courses. Her e-book will entice all with a love of flight.
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Her “book learning” that academic year was to be overshadowed by the realities of flight that she learned in two close calls. She didn’t waste any time getting in the air once she had returned to Milton. “I was still just sixteen when I took off on my first cross-country—from Boston to Poughkeepsie. I had two friends along and all our luggage. We were on our way from Milton to Vassar College to visit friends. In the first place, the ship was far too large and complicated for my fifteen solo hours.
16 But the first generation of women pilots—for all their daring— encountered that Victorian code that stifled further advances. The next step was left to the second generation of women flyers. Led by Earhart, Thaden, Omlie, Blanche Noyes, Ruth Nichols, and Helen Richey, these women of the 1920s and1930s were able to take advantage of much broader opportunities in aviation. By then, barnstormers thrilled Americans with their fearless feats in the air and the romance of flight was in full bloom.
Much of that would occur during World War II. Most planes did not have navigational aids. Weather forecasting was in its infancy, dependent on the report of a pilot who had just flown through whatever weather was brewing. Back then, interstate travel—whether by car, bus, plane, or train—was far less comfortable. Traveling by train or in a car on narrow, two-lane roads, meant dealing with dust, soot, and grime. Women wore dresses or blouses and skirts, hats, silk stockings (no nylons yet, let alone pantyhose) and high heels.
Nancy Love And The WASP Ferry Pilots Of World War II (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir) by Sarah Byrn Rickman