A Wasp Among Eagles

1999 byAnn B. Carl All rights reserved Copy editor:Initial Cap Editorial Services Production editor: Ruth Spiegel Designer: Martha Sewall Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Carl,Ann B. (Baumgartner) A WASP among Eagles ...

Author: Ann Carl

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 9781588343413

Category: History

Page: 152

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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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Carl, Ann B. A WASP among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999. Granger, Byrd Howell. On Final Approach: TheWomen Airforce Service Pilots of W.W.II. Scottsdale, Ariz.


Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9781428994195



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Fly Girls

Williams, Wasps, 115. Verges, On Silver Wings, 75–76. Ibid., 77. Ibid., 79. Keil, Those Wonderful Women, 148. Ibid. Williams, Wasps, 51. Carl, A WASP Among Eagles, 23. Ibid., 23–25. Keil, Those Wonderful Women, 154–155.

Author: P. O’Connell Pearson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781534404120

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 208

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“A truly inspiring read.” —Booklist (starred review) “A solid account of women’s contributions as aviators during World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews In the tradition of Hidden Figures, debut author Patricia Pearson offers a beautifully written account of the remarkable but often forgotten group of female fighter pilots who answered their country’s call in its time of need during World War II. At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for skilled pilots—but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure determination, 1,100 of these female pilots—who had to prove their worth time and time again—were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more. Though the Women Airforce Service Pilots lived on military bases, trained as military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials. Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to serve others with no concern for personal gain.

Secrets In The Sky

17, 1997 “Zoot Suits, Parachutes, and Wings of Silver, Too,” by Sheila Henderson from CODE ONE a product support publication of General Dynamics Fort Worth Division, October 1988, Vol. 3 No. 3 pp. 22-27 A WASP Among Eagles by Ann ...

Author: Melinda Rice

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 9781556227875

Category: Fiction

Page: 116

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While her brother is off flying planes for the Air Corps, twelve-year-old Bethany becomes involved with women training with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) right in her hometown of Sweetwater, Texas.

Women in the United States Military

A shortage of trained pilots developed on the homefront, and yet somehow the thousands of planes being built in the nation's factories had to be flown to ... Carl, Ann B. A Wasp Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II.

Author: Judith Bellafaire

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136854057

Category: History

Page: 160

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Women’s participation in the U.S. Armed Forces has grown over time in response to the national need for their services. Throughout each era of American history, patriotic women volunteered to serve their country in a wide variety of official and unofficially sanctioned capacities. When there was a call to duty, the United States Armed Forces always relied upon women to be a part of the effort. Women in the United States Military: An Annotated Bibliography is the most complete and up to date listing of resources to help students and scholars understand the effect women have had on the wars that have shaped the United States. Covering everything from the American Revolution to Operations in Iraq, Women in the United States Military is essential for all academic and research libraries.

Gender and the Second World War

For an excellent study of Camp Davis, see: D. A. Stallman (2006) Women in the Wild Blue . ... Denton, TX; Information about men's overseas preference taken from Carl, A WASP Among Eagles, Cole, Women Pilots of World War II; Granger, ...

Author: Corinna Peniston-Bird

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137524591

Category: History

Page: 288

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Showing how gender history contributes to existing understandings of the Second World War, this book offers detail and context on the national and transnational experiences of men and women during the war. Following a general introduction, the essays shed new light on the field and illustrate methods of working with a wide range of primary sources.

Right Stuff Wrong Sex

The Texas Woman's University WASP collection in Denton , Texas , holds Jean F. papers and uniform . ... Ann Carl , A WASP among Eagles : A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II ( Washington , DC : Smithsonian Institution Press ...

Author: Margaret A. Weitekamp

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801883946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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space program and the rise of the women's movement in America.

Women Military Pilots of World War II

WASP on the Web, “Arnold —Archive — Arnold letter,” http://www.wingsacrossamerica.us (accessed October 17, 2009). ... Ann Baumgartner Carl, A WASP Among Eagles : A Woman Military Test Pilot in World WarII (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian ...

Author: Lois K. Merry

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457687

Category: History

Page: 220

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More than 2000 women in the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union flew military airplanes in organized units during World War II, yet their stories are largely unknown. These pilots ferried aircraft, flew targets for ground artillery practice, tested airplanes and equipment, and many of them flew in combat. The women pilots proved that they could manage bombers and fighters as well as their male counterparts, and several later remarked that “the airplanes didn’t care who flew them.” Topics covered include the training of female pilots, how female flight units were developed and structured, the hazards of conflict, and how these women reintegrated into civilian life following the war.

One Hundred Years of Air Power and Aviation

A Gathering of Eagles: Campaigns of the South African Air Force in Italian East Africa 194o-1941 . Cape Town: Pur- nell, 1970. ... A Wasp Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian ...

Author: Robin Higham

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1585442410

Category: History

Page: 435

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In this precise, interpretive and informative volume, Higham looks at everything from the roots of strategic bombing and tactical air power to the lessons learned and unlearned during the invasion of Ethiopia, the war in China and the Spanish Civil War. He also considers the problems posed by jet aircraft in Korea and the use of Patriot missiles in the Persian Gulf. He covers anti-guerrilla operations, doctrine, industrial activities and equipment, as well as the development of commercial airlines.

Women Aviators

Finally, in 1977, the WASPs' work was recognized when President jimmy Carter granted them military status, making them eligible for all the benefits war ... 4 LEARN MORE A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military 116 WARTIME AND MILITARY FLYING.

Author: Karen Bush Gibson

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781613745434

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Detailing the role of women in aviation, from the very first days of flight to the present, this rich exploration of the subject profiles 26 women pilots who sought out and met challenges both in the sky and on the ground. Divided into six chronologically arranged sections, this book composes a minihistory of aviation. Learn about pioneers such as Katherine Wright, called by many the "Third Wright Brother," and Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of France, the first woman awarded a license to fly. Read about barnstormers like Bessie Coleman and racers like Louise Thaden, who bested Amelia Earhart to win the 1929 Women's Air Derby. Additional short biography sidebars for other key figures and lists of supplemental resources for delving deeper into the history of the subject are also included.

World War II in Literature for Youth

Washington Goes to War , 188 A WASP among Eagles : A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II , 70 WASP ( Women's Air Service Pilots ) , 38 , 41 , 70 , 72 , 73 , 75 , 76 , 280 Wasserstein , Bernard , 161 The Water Is Never Cold : The ...

Author: Patricia Hachten Wee

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810853019

Category: Education

Page: 391

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This comprehensive volume provides a wealth of information with annotated listings of more than 3,500 titles—a broad sampling of books on the war years 1939-1945. Includes both fiction and nonfiction works about all aspects of the war. Professional resources for educators aligned to the educational standards for social studies; technical references; periodicals and electronic resources; a directory of WWII museums, memorials, and other institutions; and topics for exploration complement this excellent library and classroom resource.

Women and War

return and finish her training at Avenger Field near Sweetwater, Texas, graduating with class 43-W-5 in September 1943. ... The WASP was disbanded in December 1944, and they married in May 1945. ... A WASP among Eagles.


Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851097708



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Bury My Heart in a Free Land Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U S History

Carl, Ann. A WASP among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2010. “Clubwomen Back Army Corps Plan.” New York Times, May 31, 1942. Collins, Winifred Quick.

Author: Hettie V. Williams

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440835490

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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Covering the history and contributions of black women intellectuals from the late 19th century to the present, this book highlights individuals who are often overlooked in the study of the American intellectual tradition. • Represents a standout volume on the subject of black women intellectuals in modern U.S. history that covers figures from the late 19th century to the present • Includes well-known individuals, such as Ida B. Wells and Toni Morrison, as well as lesser-known black women intellectuals, such as Wanda Coleman • Provides contributions from various experts in the field

Women s Rights

A WASP among Eagles. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Press, 1999. An account by a test pilot who was among the thousand Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to ferry and test aircraft or instruct others during World War II for American ...

Author: Natasha Thomsen

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438109053

Category: Women's rights

Page: 417

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Examines the history and the current status of women's rights in the United States and abroad, namely Denmark, China, Afghanistan, and Kenya.

American Women and Flight since 1940

The second reason was Cochran's desire to have an outstanding “success to failure” ratio in her first classes. ... Strother, “The W.A.S.P. Training Program,”299–301; Tanner, “We Also Served,” 16. 15. ... See Carl, A WASP among Eagles.

Author: Deborah G. Douglas

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813148298

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

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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.

From Birdwomen to Skygirls

“MissCochran PutInHigh AirPost,” New YorkTimes, 6July 1943,18; Merryman, Clipped Wings, 7;“Wasp Statistics,” ... “Wasp Statistics”;Ann B. Carr, A Wasp Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World WarII (Washington, DC: Smithsonian ...

Author: Fred Erisman

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780875654805

Category: History

Page: 192

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Close on the heels of the American public’s early enthusiasm over the airplane came aviation stories for the young. From 1910 until the early 1960s, they exalted flight and painted the airplane as the most modern and adventuresome of machines. Most of the books were directed at boys; however, a substantial number sought a girls’ audience. Erisman’s account of several aviation series and other aviation books for girls fills a gap in the history and criticism of American popular culture. It examines the stories of girls who took to the sky, of the sources where authors found their inspiration, and of the evolution of aviation as an enterprise open to all. From the heady days of early aviation through the glory days of commercial air travel, girls’ aviation books trace American women’s participation in the field. They also reflect changes in women’s roles and status in American society as the sex sought greater equality with men. As aviation technology improved, the birdwomen of the pre-World War I era, capable and independent-minded, gave way to individualistic 1930s adventurers patterned on Amelia Earhart, Jacqueline Cochran, and other feminine notables of the air. Their stories lead directly into the coming of commercial air travel. Career stories paint the increasingly glamorous world of the 1940s and 1950s airline stewardess, the unspoken assumptions lying behind that profession, and the inexorable effects of technological and economic change. By recovering these largely forgotten books and the social debates surrounding women’s flying, Erisman makes a substantial contribution to aviation history, women’s history, and the study of juvenile literature. This first comprehensive study of a long-overlooked topic recalls aviation experiences long past and poses provocative questions about Americans’ attitudes toward women and how those attitudes were conveyed to the young.

Texas Takes Wing

A Century of Flight in the Lone Star State Barbara Ganson. 29. Foltz may well have been the first female commercial airline pilot in the United States. Unlike Ruth Nichols—who ... Ann B. Carl, A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test ...

Author: Barbara Ganson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292754089

Category: History

Page: 294

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Tracing the hundred-year history of aviation in Texas, aviator and historian Barbara Ganson brings to life the colorful personalities that shaped the phenomenally successful development of this industry in the state. Weaving stories and profiles of aviators, designers, manufacturers, and those in related services, Texas Takes Wing covers the major trends that propelled Texas to the forefront of the field. Covering institutions from San Antonio’s Randolph Air Force Base (the West Point of this branch of service) to Brownsville’s airport with its Pan American Airlines instrument flight school (which served as an international gateway to Latin America as early as the 1920s) to Houston’s Johnson Space Center, home of Mission Control for the U.S. space program, the book provides an exhilarating timeline and engaging history of dozens of unsung pioneers as well as their more widely celebrated peers. Drawn from personal interviews as well as major archives and the collections of several commercial airlines, including American, Southwest, Braniff, Pan American Airways, and Continental, this sweeping history captures the story of powered flight in Texas since 1910. With its generally favorable flying weather, flat terrain, and wide open spaces, Texas has more airports than any other state and is often considered one of America’s most aviation-friendly places. Texas Takes Wing also explores the men and women who made the region pivotal in military training, aircraft manufacturing during wartime, general aviation, and air servicing of the agricultural industry. The result is a soaring history that will delight aviators and passengers alike.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Ann Baumgarten Carl, A WASP Among Eagles: A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II (Washington: Smithsonian Books, 1999). Declaring “This is what I was made for,” the author serves her country as an outstanding test pilot.

Author: Christian P. Potholm

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538162729

Category: Military history

Page: 248

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Women Warriors Throughout Time and Space takes the many, dimensions of military history, including the various modalities of warfare across cultures and periods, and integrates them with the substantial contributions of social history, women's history, black history, feminist theory, LGBTQ community, and other perspectives.

Milestones of Flight

When Baumgartner was young, her father had taken her to watch airmail pilots landing at the airport in Newark, ... She later became a science journalist and wrote A WASP Among Eagles, a book about her experiences as a test pilot during ...

Author: Tim Grove

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 9781613129241

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Milestones of Flight takes readers soaring through the high points of American aviation: from the Wright brothers and their competitors to the military pilots who first circumnavigated the globe, from the initial space rocket to the moon walk, from the earliest manmade satellite to today’s spy drones. The book also describes what inventions—such as rocket propulsion, the wind tunnel, and the silicon chip—helped move flight upward and beyond. Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides an inspiring look at America’s contributions to aviation. The book includes a bibliography, author’s note, and index.

The Role of Female Pilots in World War II

Carl, Ann B. A WASP Among Eagles: A Military Test Pilot in World War II. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1999. Cochran, Jacqueline. Jackie Cochran: The Autobiography of the Greatest Woman Pilot in Aviation History.

Author: Hallie Murray

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781502655486

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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When the United States became involved in World War II in 1941, only men were allowed to join the Air Force to fly planes in combat. Two intrepid female pilots named Nancy Harkness Love and Jacqueline Cochran told the Air Force they believed that women aviators could help in other ways. In 1943, through their efforts, the Women Airforce Service Pilots was founded. This exciting book highlights a few of the more than one thousand female aviators who created and went through this program, including Love, Cochran, and Ann Baumgartner Carl, the first woman to fly an Air Force fighter jet.