By Ann B. Carl
Earlier than global warfare II such a lot american citizens didn't think that the common lady may possibly fly professionally, yet throughout the warfare greater than 1000 ladies pilots proved them mistaken. those have been the ladies Airforce carrier Pilots (WASPs), who served as army flyers at the domestic entrance. In March 1944 one among them, Ann Baumgartner, used to be assigned to the Fighter Flight try out department at Wright box in Dayton, Ohio. There she might make heritage because the purely girl to test-fly experimental planes through the warfare and the 1st lady to fly a jet. A WASP between Eagles is the first-person tale of ways Baumgartner discovered to fly, knowledgeable as a WASP, and have become one of many earliest jet-age pioneers. Flying such planes because the Curtiss A-25 Helldiver, the Lockheed P-38, and the B-29 Superfortress, she used to be the 1st lady to take part in a bunch of experiments, together with in-air refueling and flying the 1st fighter outfitted with a pressurized cockpit. yet in comparing the long-awaited turbojet-powered Bell YP-59A, she set a “first” checklist that might stay unchallenged for ten years.
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