- Title: Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls
- Author: Karl Friedrich
- ISBN: 9781590135709
- Page: 401
- Format: Hardcover
Based on the true World War II stories of America s first female military pilots, this historic novel follows the story of a young woman from a dirt poor farm family Sally Ketchum has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer named Tex teaches her to fly and to dare to love But when Tex dies in a freak accident, Sally must make her own way in theBased on the true World War II stories of America s first female military pilots, this historic novel follows the story of a young woman from a dirt poor farm family Sally Ketchum has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer named Tex teaches her to fly and to dare to love But when Tex dies in a freak accident, Sally must make her own way in the world She enrolls in the U.S military s Women Airforce Service Pilots WASP program at a special school known as Avenger, where she learns to fly the biggest, fastest, meanest planes She also reluctantly becomes involved with Beau Bayard, a flight instructor and aspiring writer who seems to offer her everything she could want Despite her obvious mastery of flying, many members of the military are unable to accept that a skirt has any place in a cockpit Soon Sally finds herself struggling against a high powered Washington lawyer that wants to close down Avenger once and for all.
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This novel contains a colorful cast of characters. The heroine is Sally. She's both tough and frightened. She's a terrific pilot, but she carries some baggage: a dead boyfriend and an abusive father. Thus, she has some confidence issues. She meets up with other WASP trainees at Avenger, Twila, Geri, and Dixie. Each one of these women has things you like and don't like about her. Twila is strange, but has some good philosophies. Geri is a spoiled rich girl, but she can fly. Dixie. oh my. This quo [...]
I'm a staunch advocate of women's rights, as is well-known about me. And, one of my favorite things to read about, in addition to stories having to do with strong women role-models, is WWII-centered novels. This book, then, was a request I quickly made to review, and I've been pleasantly rewarded by a fantastic story, written by a deliberate and invested author.I say that Mr. Friedrich is invested because you can tell from his writing that he strongly supports women pilots, and has a sense of th [...]
For lovers of light historical fiction, this book is as refreshing as a quick flight over the plains of Texas on a hot summer day. Friedrich did an admirable job in introducing his readers to this little known period of U.S. military history when civilian women pilots were recruited to ferry cargo, personnel and planes around the country during World War II in the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots program. Follow Sally Ketchum, who hails from a poor dirt farm in East Texas, as she pursues her dr [...]
In the 1940s, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program was started to free up male pilots so they could fly in combat, and women pilots were given Army flight training to do routine, non-combat flying jobs, like hauling cargo, towing targets for live artillery training, and transporting planes. I jumped at this novel because I love, love learning about how women fare during wartime and I have so admired the WASPs (who shamefully were only recognized in 2009 for their war efforts). It's c [...]
Sally snatched the sheet from Dixie's fingers. Typed boldly across the top were the words, "An Overview Of Facts For Personnel Considering Entering WASP Training." Her mouth turned dry. By mid-page, her tongue had become cotton."train in military aircrafte same number of training hours as male pilotslearn navigation and instrument flyingation at a military airfield following graduation bombers/or pursuit aircraft to wherever ordered within the contiguous United States. pay of one hundred and fif [...]
I loved it & wrote the following review of it for the paper I edit, Focus Newspaper, which isonline at focusnewspaper.Sally Ketchum, the young heroine of Karl Friedrich’s fine debut novel, Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls, has a lot to overcome. By the end of the first chapter the list is short and painful: an abusive, deprived, motherless childhood on a farm in East Texas, and the endless heartache of losing her true love in a blazing plane crash which she survives.Though Friedrich [...]
Yay, First reads win! :)This book was just okay for me. I really liked learning more about WASP, and all of the crap that the women had to go through, but I hardly liked any of the characters, especially the main character, Sally. She's hostile, untrusting, and her moods and feeling seem to change all the time, towards Bayard especially. He'd say or do the littlest thing and she'd go from being swoony over him to wanting to knock his lights out. Dixie was amusing sometimes, but she also annoyed [...]
While not the smoothest writing or adventurous plot, I enjoyed this book because of the subject matter, the WASP - or Women Airforce Service Pilots who were part of the US Army during WWII. It was a good look into their lives and situation, and more importantly, the prejudices against them. Many men did NOT want women flying airplanes! They endured everything from sabotaged airplanes to towing target planes for the mens' live target practice.(!!) with unequal pay, no military benefits, and no fu [...]
This is my first reads review.I really enjoyed Karl Friedrich's debut novel. Tbe language is clear and conscise and keeps the reader enthralled until the end.Sally Ketchum is the main character, a poor farm girl, who meets Tex and learns to fly. After tragedy occurs in Sally's life, she learns she has been accepted into the military's program called WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots). The novel explores the difficulties in a male dominated military and political landscape and the women who st [...]
3/30/11 Just won this through first-reads!5/13/11While I enjoyed learning more about the often-overlooked WASP program, I found this novel a bit on the amateur side, particularly in regards to dialogue. I was not surprised to learn that author Karl Friedrich's background is in newspapers and advertising, because the best parts of Wings are those that inform and persuade about life as a WASP, rather than character and plot development.
Absolutely loved this book, based on the history of WASP, a great read of a female pilot's struggle against prejudice and pursue her love of flying.
Wings by Karl FriedrichPublisher: McBooks Press Published Date: April 4, 2011ISBN: 978-1590135709Pages : 340Genre: Non-Fiction; Historical FictionRating: 4.5 out of 5Book Summary: Sally Ketchum comes from dirt-poor farm folk. She has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer named Tex teaches her to fly—and becomes the first person worthy of her love. But Tex dies in a freak accident, leaving Sally to make her own way in the world. She enrolls in the U.S. military’s [...]
I really liked this book. I do wish more of the story took place while flying, on missions or during the simulated instrument trainingI really wanted to feel what these women were experiencing and with a bit more historical references. Overall the story and interactions among the characters was entertaining.
Historical fiction about the first female pilots during WWII. Interesting subject potential for a great story. Weak writing coupled with a saccharine storyline = two stars.
Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls by Karl Friedrich is a historical fiction book about the Women Airforce Service Pilot or WASP. The WASP were part of the US Army, before the Air Force became its own entity.Sally Ketchum came from a poor family of dirt farmers, her mundane life were changed forever once she met a Tex, a pilot who makes his living barnstorming. However Tex died in an accident and Sally enrolls in the Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) pr [...]
Who Says Skirts Can't Fly Better than Pants? Books honoring the heroes of World War II abound and rightfully so. Karl Friedrich breaks out of the mold and venerates women trained to fly planes on the home front due to a shortage of male pilots. What no one realized at the time was that these “flygirls” could pilot the pants off their male counterparts. Karl Friedrich, newspaper reporter, public relations writer, photographer and copy writer makes his debut as an author in Wings: A Novel of W [...]
This book was fantastic. Absolutely wonderful! Wonderful characterization; they were all amazing yet horribly flawed in one way or another, making them tremendously real. There was definitely some major plot twists throughout the book that keeps the reader in suspense and I loved them all. Whatever expectations I might have had going into the book, by the end they were blown out of the water; I loved it.That being said, there were a few things that weren't 100% perfection. The foreshadowing of s [...]
World War II opened up a lot of opportunities for American woman. For the first time, many of them were welcomed into the workforce and welcomed into positions that men generally held. It totally changed the course of history in our country. Some women were even able to fly for the military. They weren't able to fly in combat but they were allowed to help transport goods throughout the country to help the military under the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. Technically a civilian org [...]
iwriteinbooks.wordpress/20Bland farm life in East Texas has nearly run Sally Ketchum into the ground. With a missing mother and a drunk father, there isn’t a lot to live for. There isn’t, at least, until the day Tex arrives and takes her flying. The day she sails up into the heavens, is the day that she knows that there’s more to life than the worn out pastures she’s always known. She and Tex fall in love and climb the skies, barnstorming their way through life, until tragedy leaves Sall [...]
I just got it in the mail, thanks! Look forward to reading it!I really like what this novel is about - the women pilots from World War II. These pilots, to free up male pilots, were responsible for ferrying around aircraft and flying aircraft that men would not. They did not fly into war, but I suppose they had a war of their own - against the males of their own country - for the right to fly. They did not get treated with respect by all, and forces in the government tried to shut them down. The [...]
This is a fascinating novel based on the WASP program of World War II when women civilians were trained to fly aircraft for the war effort, freeing up men for combat. The women were transport the aircraft to locations where they could be flown overseas where needed. The story is a fictional look at a training base in Texas, following several very different women and their reasons for joinig this effort. What was so frustrating about this book was the prevailing attitude at the time, both of men [...]
Women, airplanes and war are the premise for Karl Friedrich’s WINGS: A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR II FLYGIRLS, which could have been subtitled “sassy skirts take on D.C. bureaucrats for the chance to fly military aircraft for the war effort.” Friedrich’s lead character, Sally Ketchum is a somewhat clichéd backwoods, dirt poor farm girl who traded that life for one of adventure when she met a young pilot who taught her to fly both literally and figuratively. After his tragic death in a flying ac [...]
I managed to snag this through LibraryThings's Early Reviewers program, and was really excited. I have always had an interest in aviation history, and this sounded right up my alley. Once I started reading though, I was a little disappointed - I'll explain in a minute. First, let me say that it is a good book - worth a read if you're interested in aviation history, or American women's history. Maybe some of my "eh"-reaction to the book was from taking in different expectations than what I receiv [...]
Sally Ketchum escapes her hard scrabble life in East Texas with her boyfriend, barnstormer Tex. When tragedy strikes, Sally is forced to return home to her drunk father and worn-out farm. When a letter from the WASP's reaches her, she makes her way to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas where she will learn to fly the Army's planes in order to ferry them across the country, freeing up male pilots for duty on the front. Sally finally feels that see has found her place in the world - she's a damn f [...]
As someone who loves historical fiction, especially as it relates to WWII, I found ”Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls” by Karl Friedrich intriguing on one level and disappointing on another. Historically, it provided insights into the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of WWII who were recruited to work as civilian employees for the Army Air Force to ferry airplanes, thus freeing up men to take combat flying positions. Mr. Friedrich does a wonderful job of portraying the recruitment [...]
Full disclosure up front: I won this book through FirstReads.First, I have to say I LOVE the premise for this book. WHY, WHY, WHY haven't we heard anything about the program at the center of this book before? It's called WASP--Women Air Force Service Pilots. It was a military-based training program for women to fly planes anywhere the armed services needed them, aside from actual combat of course. It operated for only a few years during World War 2, but it is a fascinating piece of history with [...]
Sally's life is inherently unhappy, except for her brief time with Tex, the man who taught her to fly and the man with whom she fell in love. After his death, she learns about the WASP program and enrolls to become a female military pilot. Once at school, however, she learns that there are those who want the program disbanded and of one individual, in particular, who has a personal vendetta against her.While historically, this is a very rich novel, it's not a particularly happy story. Sally's li [...]
The history of Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) is heavily examined in this excellent novel, by Karl Friedrich.The main character is Sally Ketchum, who joined the WASPS program in order to better herself, yet faced flack from the male pilots who didn't believe women belonged in a cockpit. She was belittled for even dreaming she could succeed. All the women involved in the novel were belittled, and sexism played a major role within the pages.From the first page to the last page, I could not [...]
I actually really enjoyed this book and ironically enough read it on the airplane while heading to vacation! I find myself drawn to books that take place during WW II but I had yet to read anything that involved the WASP program. The information that I gathered from the story has made we want to find more books on the subject of the program and the trials and tribulations that the women had to go through in a "man's world".The heroine of the story is Sally Ketchum who suffers some terrible exper [...]
During World War II, young women were trained to fly Army planes to various locations within the United States where the planes would then be turned over to Army pilots to be used in combat overseas. At that time, most people were against women being pilots of any kind, and these young women who wanted to fly were looked down on and definitely discriminated against. It was a constant uphill battle to keep the program open and in this novel, the program is closed down before these girls even fini [...]
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