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Author Ramsey, Raquel, author

Title Taking flight : the Nadine Ramsey story / Raquel Ramsey & Tricia Aurand ; foreword by Maj. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt, USAF
Published Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 288 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- Part I. Strong Roots -- Chapter 1. Farmers and Oilmen -- Chapter 2. A Family of Three in Wichita -- Part II. Earning Her Wings -- Chapter 3. At Home in the Sky -- Chapter 4. At War -- Part III. In Flight -- Chapter 5. A Bunch of Gals -- Chapter 6. Avenger Field -- Chapter 7. Becoming a WASP -- Part IV. WASP at War -- Chapter 8. Ferry Pilot -- Chapter 9. In Pursuit -- Part V. Lucky -- Chapter 10. On the Wing -- Chapter 11. Her Own P-38 -- Part VI. Restless -- Chapter 12. Searching for Home -- Chapter 13. A Decade of Change -- Part VII. Recognition -- Chapter 14. New Directions -- Chapter 15. Settling In -- Part VIII. Legacy -- Chapter 16. A Look to the Future -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- About the Authors -- Index -- Back Cover
Summary "This is the first biography of Nadine Ramsey, a stunt and racing pilot who served as one of 1,102 Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. The WASP flew domestic flights for the military, freeing up male pilots to enter the European and Pacific theatres of war. Nadine was one of only 303 women who ferried military aircraft. She was also the first Kansas woman to obtain a Civil Aeronautics Authority private flying license, and the first woman pilot to own her own fighter plane. The manuscript follows Nadine from her family's rural Illinois roots to Wichita, where she grew up and began her flying career. Flight would take Nadine to California, where she joined the Civil Air Patrol and later the WASP. After the war, while she retained her ties to aviation, earlier injuries prematurely forced her to stop flying, and she passed away before the federal government fully recognized the WASP's service. Nadine's story is exceptional, but it also reveals intimate details of women's early service in the military, and the trauma and lack of recognition faced by female veterans"-- Provided by publisher. berniece
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Ramsey, Nadine, 1911-1987.
Ramsey, Nadine, 1911-1987
Subject Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.) -- Biography
SUBJECT Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.) fast (OCoLC)fst00551230
Subject Air pilots, Military -- United States -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female.
Women veterans -- California -- Long Beach -- Biography
Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography
Secretaries -- California -- Long Beach -- Biography
Air pilots, Military.
Military operations, Aerial -- American.
Military participation -- Female.
Women air pilots.
Women veterans.
SUBJECT Wichita (Kan.) -- Biography
El Dorado (Kan.) -- Biography
Subject California -- Long Beach.
Kansas -- El Dorado.
Kansas -- Wichita.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Aurand, Tricia, author
Leavitt, Jeannie M., writer of foreword
ISBN 9780700629817