Fly girls /
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 Jacquel...
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|Uniform Title:||Fly girls /|
|Summary:||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.|
During WWII, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military. Wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) test-piloted aircraft, ferried planes and logged 60 million miles in the air. Thirty-eight women died in service. But the opportunity to play a critical role in the war effort was abruptly canceled by politics and resentment, and it would be 30 years before women would again break the sex barrier in the skies.
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|General Notes:||Special features: Other products of interest [text feature].|
|Physical Description:||1 videodisc (approximately 56 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Credits:||Editor, Kathleen Korth ; cinematography, Mitch Wilson, Jack Tankard ; music by Mark Adler ; historical consultant, Deborah G. Douglas.|
|Performer:||Narrated by Mary McDonnell; commentators, Chuck Yeager, Robert Arnold, Deborah G. Douglas, Barbara Erickson London, Teresa James, Dora Dougherty Strother, Ann Baumgartner Carl, Madge Rutherford Minton, Marty Martin Wyall, Paul Tibbets; voice actor, Kath Soucie.|
|Event:||Originally broadcast by PBS as an episode of the television series American Experience in 1999.|
|System Details:||DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital stereo; 4x3 full screen presentation.|
|Production Credits:||Editor, Kathleen Korth ; cinematography, Mitch Wilson, Jack Tankard ; music by Mark Adler ; historical consultant, Deborah G. Douglas.|