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American Experience; Fly Girls


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American Experience
Fly Girls
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In 1942, in the midst of World War II, the call went out: women with some flight experience were needed to fly for the military. All over the country, young women postponed their weddings, put their educations on hold and quit their jobs. During the next two years, more than a thousand women were trained to ferry aircraft, test-pilot planes, instruct male pilots, even tow targets for anti-aircraft artillery practice. Thirty-eight women would give their lives. Despite their serving with grit and determination, women pilots often encountered disbelief and resentment. This program is the largely unknown story of the Women Air force Service Pilots (WASP) and features a remarkable group of former WASP who recall the planes they flew, the challenges they met and the pride they felt in playing a role in the American war effort. David McCullough hosts. Produced, directed, and written by Laurel Ladevich.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Fly Girls,” 04/16/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A8B53DAF8BBB4B5395FE8D0C3BFDEB51.
MLA: “American Experience; Fly Girls.” 04/16/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A8B53DAF8BBB4B5395FE8D0C3BFDEB51>.
APA: American Experience; Fly Girls. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A8B53DAF8BBB4B5395FE8D0C3BFDEB51
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