Marion Hodgson was one of the first women in the United States to train as a military pilot in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot In World War II tells an exuberant story set in 1943 when she and other WASPs earned their hard-won wings learning to fly everything from open-cockpit primary trainers to P-51 Mustangs, B-26 Marauders, and B-29 Superfortresses. Their stateside missions as plan ferriers freed their male counterparts for combat duty overseas. Winning My Wings is an action-packed story often humorous, sometimes harrowing, told mostly through letters Hodgson wrote to a Marine pilot fighting for his life after a fiery crash. Some of her letters describe the crashes that killed 38 other WASPs. Others revealed what it was like for these pioneering women as they ferried planes from factories to airfields, test-flew repaired aircraft, and performed a variety of other duties traditionally assigned to men. Winning My Wings is an important contribution to the historical literature of a very special, quite unique military group that proved itself essential in a time of global war. -- Midwest Book Review
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