American Women and Flight since 1940 / Edition 1

American Women and Flight since 1940 / Edition 1

by Deborah G. Douglas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813190738

ISBN-13: 9780813190730

Pub. Date: 07/24/2009

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Women run wind tunnel experiments, direct air traffic, and fabricate airplanes. American women have been involved with flight from the beginning, but until 1940, most people believed women could not fly, that Amelia Earhart was an exception to the rule. World War II changed everything. "It is on the record thatwomen can fly as well as men," stated General Henry H.

Overview

Women run wind tunnel experiments, direct air traffic, and fabricate airplanes. American women have been involved with flight from the beginning, but until 1940, most people believed women could not fly, that Amelia Earhart was an exception to the rule. World War II changed everything. "It is on the record thatwomen can fly as well as men," stated General Henry H. Arnold, commanding general of the Army Air Forces. The question became "Should women fly?" Deborah G. Douglas tells the story of this ongoing debate and its impact on American history. From Jackie Cochran, whose perseverance led to the formation of the Women's Army Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II to the recent achievements of Jeannie Flynn, the Air Force's first woman fighter pilot and Eileen Collins, NASA's first woman shuttle commander, Douglas introduces a host of determined women who overcame prejudice and became military fliers, airline pilots, and air and space engineers. Not forgotten are stories of flight attendants, air traffic controllers, and mechanics. American Women and Flight since 1940 is a revised and expanded edition of a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum reference work. Long considered the single best reference work in the field, this new edition contains extensive new illustrations and a comprehensive bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813190730
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
07/24/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part ICan Women Fly? American Women in Aviation during World War II
1.Students and Teachers, Clubs and Colleges: Women in Civilian Aviation Organizations15
2.Coffee, Grease, Blueprints, and Rivets: Women at Work in the Aviation Industry30
3.Daughters of Minerva: Military Women in Aviation54
4.Nieces of Uncle Sam: The Women's Airforce Service Pilots84
Part IIShould Women Fly? American Women in Aviation during the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
5.Demobilization and the Postwar Transition: 1945-1949107
6."The Feminine Mystique" and Aviation: The 1950s129
7.The Impact of the Women's Rights Movement: The 1960s149
8.Women with the "Right Stuff": The 1970s172
9.Captains of Industry, Airlines, and the Military: 1980-1992197
10.New World Order? 1992-2000232
Epilogue258
AppendicesStatistics for American Women and Flight265
Notes281
Glossary of Abbreviations308
Bibliography311
Index342

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