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Wings

A Novel of World War II Flygirls

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"Friedrich merges an often-neglected part of U.S. aviation history with a page-turning plot in his commendable debut . . . rich historical details add zest . . . an entertaining and spirited saga."  —Publishers Weekly  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. 

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 10, 2011 – Friedrich merges an often-neglected part of U.S. aviation history with a page-turning plot in his commendable debut. Sally Ketchum is a young East Texas aviatrix barnstorming her way across the South until her lover, the enigmatic Tex Jones, dies in a plane crash. Three years later, after Sally's father dies, she enlists in the Women Airforce Service Pilots program, a civilian corps charged with military flying duties within the continental U.S. to free male pilots for combat. While at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Tex., Sally befriends ex-lingerie model Dixie Ray Beaumont and meets Beau Bayard, a flight instructor who falls in love with Sally. Mr. Skinner, a senior flight instructor and outspoken geezer, steals many scenes with his colorful tirades against the WASP's detractors, notably Ira Waterman, a hired gun sent by Congress to find any reason to shut down the program and who has particularly disdainful feelings toward Sally. Rich historical details add zest, and while Friedrich's heavy hand with technical details of airplanes and aviation verge on overload, the story remains an entertaining and spirited saga.
Wings
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Apr 01, 2011
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Seller: Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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