Silver Wings/Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (2015)


Introduction

This is the amazing true story of pioneering women, who for a brief moment in the darkest days of WWII, shattered the glass ceiling to become the first women to pilot American military aircraft.

Surviving WASP relive their personal experiences and the challenges they faced while ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for live anti-aircraft practice. They also bring to light their sixty-six year long struggle for recognition and veterans rights.

Outline

25,000 American women, many still in their teens, others in their 50s, volunteered to become WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), all hoping to fulfil their dream of flying by serving their country in America’s time of need. They came from all walks of life, from chorus girls to farmer’s daughters, and from all parts of the country to begin training. After proving they could handle the latest fighters and the heaviest bombers, it all came to an abrupt end.

On 20 December 1944, the WASP were quietly and unceremoniously disbanded. There were no honours, no veteran’s benefits and very few thank you’s. Blending WASP interviews and footage featuring restored WWII aircraft with archival film footage, still images, and commentary from a WASP historian, this important documentary captivates and inspires viewers of all ages with the remarkable true story of the WASP.

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  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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