American Experience : Fly Girls (1999)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War, Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Brooke Hodess

From 1942 to 1944, in the midst of World War II, more than 1,000 women were "trained to ferry aircraft, test planes, instruct male pilots, even tow targets for anti-aircraft artillery practice." Thirty-eight would give their lives. American Experience: Fly Girls is the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) featuring a group of former WASPs who recall the glory and the challenges they met as groundbreaking sky soldiers in America's war effort. American Experience: Fly Girls charts the course of this unique time in America's history that defied the definition of women's work. From the program's inception by female aviator Jacqueline Cochran to the attempts of sabotage and resentment as well as a lack of benefits and provisions afforded to the WASPs' male counterparts, American Experience: Fly Girls illustrates the early points of contention over women's role in the armed forces that echo even today.



aircraft, feminism, forces [military], service, sky, women, pilot, war