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By Ann B. Carl

Earlier than global struggle II so much americans didn't think that the common girl may well fly professionally, yet through the warfare greater than one thousand ladies pilots proved them flawed. those have been the ladies Airforce carrier Pilots (WASPs), who served as army flyers at the domestic entrance. In March 1944 considered one of them, Ann Baumgartner, was once assigned to the Fighter Flight attempt department at Wright box in Dayton, Ohio. There she could make historical past because the in simple terms lady to test-fly experimental planes in the course of the warfare and the 1st girl 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 girl to take part in a number 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” list that may stay unchallenged for ten years.

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William Allan Neilson was president of the college at that time. Not a tall man, he was erect, white-haired, with a trim white goatee, and the merry blue eyes of a Scot. He exhorted us, at the weekly general meeting of the college population in John M. Greene Hall, to become scholars like himself, and, of course, to act accordingly. We met with him in smaller groups at the President's House and could appreciate his sense of humor (very erudite) and scholarship in literature and history first-hand.

One of my best friends had come from China, another from Spain. " It was an innocent time. Most of us lived in three-story, vine-covered, old brick houses standing in a line along the main street, although, across the campus there were new, modern (characterless, we thought) quadrangles. My house, Tyler, last in the "old" line, was at the top of a hill that led down to a lake, and was across from Seelye, the music building, and the gymnasium, where the Modern Dance Group met. Behind our house were the Playhouse and the zoology building, Burton Hall.

We made calculations and built our gliders and just tried them out. Sometimes it was very discouraging. As you know, we wrecked some of them before we learned what made them fly and especially what made them turn. " It was Orville Wright speaking. We were standing in front of the Fighter Flight Test hangar at the edge of the north-south runway of Wright Field Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. It was early 1944, during the period when our developing aircraft companies were trying to sell to the Air Force their faster fighter planes and longer range bombers for the pilots flying combat in World War II.

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