During World War II, the WASP – Women Airforce Service Pilots included a blend of two groups - the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD). Hear from critically-acclaimed author, Sarah Rickman as she releases her newest book Teresa James WAFS Pilot: Gear Up/Gear Down - a P-47 to Newark on October 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
In this exclusive book launch, Rickman joins the International Women's Air & Space Museum as she discusses her experiences interviewing Teresa James in 1999 and James's experiences flying during the Second World War. James learned to fly at 19, when aviation was still considered a wonderous and dangerous adventure. She developed exceptional flying skills and became a professional barnstormer - stunt pilot. By age 27, she and her fellow WAFS stepped into newly created roles flying newly designed and built airplanes for the war effort. It was dangerous work.
Registration is required. Attendees will receive a Zoom link to join the program. The event will be recorded and made available to participants at a later date.
Cost is a suggested $10 minimum donation which goes to directly support the International Women's Air & Space Museum.
Donations enable the museum to continue its efforts to provide meaningful programming, care for its over 20,000 historic collections, and inspire its communities about the impact of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace. Additional donations welcome!
Teresa James WAFS Pilot is Rickman's 11th book about women who ferried war planes for the U.S. military during World War II. It marks the fourth book in her Young Adult reader series, which also includes: BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot, Nancy Love: WASP Pilot, and Betty Gillies: WAFS Pilot.