A Wasp Among Eagles by Ann B. Carl
A Woman Military Test Pilot in World War II

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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.
 

About Ann B. Carl

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Carl has written more than two thousand newspaper columns and magazine articles on science and the environment.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Smithsonian Books. 132 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A jet-age pioneer, Carl was the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during WWII and the first woman to fly a jet. She was one of about a thousand WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots),

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A jet-age pioneer, Carl was the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during WWII and the first woman to fly a jet.

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Carl writes in this account of her experiences as a Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II that she feels it is undesirable for women to assume combat roles.

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