Wings : A Novel of World War II Flygirls

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Based on the true World War II stories of America s first female military pilots, this historic novel follows the story of a young woman from a dirt-poor farm family. Sally Ketchum has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer named Tex teaches her to fly and to dare to love. But when Tex dies in a freak accident, Sally must make her own way in the world. She enrolls in the U.S. military s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program at a special school known as Avenger, where she learns to fly the biggest, fastest, meanest planes. She also reluctantly becomes involved with Beau Bayard, a flight instructor and aspiring writer who seems to offer her everything she could want. Despite her obvious mastery of flying, many members of the military are unable to accept that a skirt has any place in a cockpit. Soon Sally finds herself struggling against a high-powered Washington lawyer that wants to close down Avenger once and for all."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • McBooks Press
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • 1590135709
  • 9781590135709
  • 2,376,696

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"Kurt Friedrich has written a captivating story about the WASP program. . . . "Wings" is an immensely readable story and enjoyable particularly because much of it is true." (November 2011)"show more

About Karl Friedrich

Karl Friedrichhas worked asa newspaper reporter, a magazine and public relations writer, anadvertising copywriter, and a photographer, among a variety of other things. He lives in Camas, Washington."show more

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