Fly Girls

Fly Girls

DVD - 2006
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In the midst of World War II, the call went out: women with flight experience were needed to fly for the military. All over the country, young women postponed their weddings, put their educations on hold, and quit their jobs to respond, becoming Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs. Led by Jacqueline Cochran, America's foremost female aviator, more than 1,000 women were trained to ferry aircraft, test planes, instruct male pilots, and even tow targets for anti-aircraft artillery practice. Despite serving with grit and determination from 1942 to 1944, these brave women pilots had no official military status, thus no benefits, although 38 gave their lives. In December 1944, the WASP program was disbanded. It would be more than thirty years before women would fly again for the US military.
Publisher: Boston, MA : WGBH Educational Foundation ; Boston, MA WGBH Boston Video, c2006
ISBN: 9781593755935
1593755937
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 56 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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Wonderful documentary, I was engrossed from beginning to end, & wanted more. They were AMAZING women. This is an extremely well done documentary about the Lady WWII pilots for the U.S. Air Force. While they were given civilian status, their jobs were comparable to those of the men pilots.

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cals_Stories Jun 14, 2016

Fly Girls" benefits from the contemporary interviews of many surviving WASPs. These interviews, along with archival footage, capture the truly important job these pilots were doing and reflect the can-do attitude that permeated all levels of World War II American society. Although this film ... Read More »


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Jul 24, 2017

Well done episode of American Experience from PBS.

cals_Stories Jun 14, 2016

Fly Girls" benefits from the contemporary interviews of many surviving WASPs. These interviews, along with archival footage, capture the truly important job these pilots were doing and reflect the can-do attitude that permeated all levels of World War II American society. Although this film does chronicle the support the WASPs received from top military leaders, these women were not recognized as military members and were not even given veteran status until 1977. This film stands as a testimony to their courage and strength.

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