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The Women with Silver Wings

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During World War II, as young men went overseas for combat, American women also sought ways to serve their country. When the U.S Army put out a call for women pilots, 25,000 applications poured in, and over 1,000 women completed the rigorous training to earn their silver wings. This ground-breaking group formed the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP. Though not authorized to serve in combat, they helped train male pilots and ferried every type of military aircraft from factories to bases throughout the country.

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, historian Katherine Landdeck will join us via live video conferencing to discuss her new book about these intrepid aviators, The Women with Silver Wings. Dr. Landdeck, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, is recognized globally for her research on WASP history. She is Associate Professor of History at Texas Women’s University, home of the WASP archives. A Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and a pilot herself, she was a featured historian on the A&E/History Channel two-hour documentary on Pearl Harbor. In addition to work on other documentaries, she has written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and numerous academic and aviation publications.

Due to safety considerations, this program will be presented via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform. To register, visit EventBrite. After registering, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to join the virtual presentation. Dr. Landdeck looks forward to joining us and answering any questions you may have about the women aviators of World War II.

This lecture is graciously sponsored by Raymond James.


September 17
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm