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Chapter 4: Millions of women join the war effort (single sample page)
Chapter 5: Female workers glorified and demonized (sample pages)
Chapter 6: Employment constraints collapse-women empowered (sample pages)
Chapter 9: The fate of women workers unfolds (sample pages)
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Women Pilot Leaders – Getting the message out

During World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) flew sixty million miles from 120 airfields in the USA. The Air Force was looking for pilots to do some of the domestic jobs -- ferrying airplanes, testing airplanes, towing targets for anti-aircraft practice -- and to take the place of men who were going to combat. Seymour (her last name in 1941 was Rochow) flew B-17s and many other aircraft during the war. 

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62 Bomber Missions and he came home
In 1942 Tom Scotland was a new Australian pilot destined to be selected as a Pathfinder. He boarded a ship in Australia bound for Britain.. It was a
long trip, made longer by the necessity of skirting German U-boats. Passing through the Panama Canal and traveling through New York, his ship
joined a convoy that survived an attack by submarines. Scotland, the author of a book, “Voice from the Stars: A Pathfinder's Story,” arrived in a
Britain when shortages were pervasive because many supplies were being sunk by German submarines and from regular enemy bombing attacks. 

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Julie Clark - The Business of Being an Aerobatic Champion
You might think of flying the professional aerobatic circuit as an extreme sport where pilots fly outrageously fast, 500 feet above a crowd, while they perform seemingly outrageous maneuvers and play with G-forces like a yo-yo. One second they are in the middle of an Immelmann maneuver with a slow roll out to a half reverse Cuban eight and the next moment they seem to be plummeting towards earth in a Hammerhead stall. It’s almost magic; the aircraft’s movement seems choreographed to the music and the fireworks illuminate the sky just as a low level pass
clears the airspace. See the entire article


P-38 Lightning
See the EAA Warbirds article


Two Plans - One Target
But what if Doolittle’s raid had failed to reach Japan? American sprit would not have been lifted and Japan’s feeling of impregnability would not have suffered. Not so fast; there was another secret plan, planned in parallel to ensure that the Japanese paid an early price for their attack on Pearl Harbor.

Scott Royce, now 91, was one of a handful of Americans who know that, in addition to the Doolittle attack from the carrier Hornet, Air Corps Colonel Harry Halverson was slated to lead a China-based contingent of B-24 heavy bombers over Japan. Royce talked to me about his time with the Halverson Project.
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Smilin’ Jack - Initially - Touch and Go
The evolution of the comic strip, Smilin’ Jack began as an idea in the early 1930s. Zack Mosley, its creator, was an aviation enthusiast  building aircraft models and drawing aircraft since being a teenager. Taking his first job after college in Chicago he experienced the real thrill of flying in a Curtis Condor at a Chicago air show. Later that same year he flew home for the holidays in a Ford Tri-motor.

The first flight was short and exhilarating. The second flight tossed the Ford Tri-motor about the sky forcing a temporary landing in a farmer’s field. They finally arrived at their destination but it was one of those flights where everyone applauds the pilot on a safe landing. The flight was thrilling as well as frightening and created a thought for a comic strip. The comic strip idea was based on “scared pilot” experiences and Mosley gave it the name of “On the Wing”. See the See the entire article

 

Flying Blimps in WWII

Navy K-type airships are seldom talked about  in WWII conversations, after all there were only 168 aircraft built. Their top safe speed was just 60 knots or 69 mph in a war where aircraft speeds approached 500 mph. Yet these giant, non-rigid bags of helium were arguably the most
effective submarine deterrents of the war. See the entire article


Autogiro
“Whimsical, odd, interesting, funky or what do you call it again” are some of the things I’ve heard people say when they see their first autogiro. Most people are surprised to hear that the autogiro  represented a safer approach to flying in the late 1920’s and 1930’s because of its dual engines
and ability to land and cruse as very slow speeds. See the entire article



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