Nancy Batson Crews : Alabama's First Lady of Flight

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-02
  • Publisher: Univ of Alabama Pr
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World War II offered women the opportunity to contribute to the work of the country, and Nancy Batson Crews made the most of her talents and opportunities. In love with flying from the time she first saw Charles Lindbergh in Birmingham (October 1927), Crews was chosen in 1939 as one of only five women to undergo Civilian Pilot Training at The University of Alabama. Later, Crews qualified as an ""Original"" Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) pilot, employed to shuttle P-38, P-47, and P-51 high-performance aircrafts to and from factories, staging areas, and training sites. In a postwar career that was unusual for women, Crews continued to fly, from gliders to turbojets to J-3 Cubs, in California and Alabama. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Sarah Byrn Rickman is a freelance journalist and award-winning author of Flight from Fear and The Originals: The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II.

Jane Kirkpatrick is an international keynote speaker and author of 15 historical novels, including A Flickering Light and Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Foreword by Jane Kirkpatrickp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Boys, I've Brought You a Real Lemonp. 6
Daughter of Alabamap. 11
Flight!p. 20
The WAFSp. 29
The Best of All Jobsp. 39
Women in Pursuitp. 51
The Question of Militarizationp. 63
The Best and Worst of Timesp. 68
Beyond the War: Life Goes Onp. 75
The Pain of Changep. 83
Gliding: Better Than Sex!p. 92
Paul and the WASPp. 98
Passing the Torch: Radford Learns to Flyp. 108
California Cityp. 115
Lake Country Estatesp. 121
Enhancing the Legacyp. 129
Nancy and the Planes She Ferriedp. 137
The Reunionp. 141
From Cub to King Airp. 149
Pneumonia, or Something Worse?p. 157
Terminalp. 165
Alabama Women's Hall of Famep. 172
Redemptionp. 176
Paul Jr.p. 181
Epiloguep. 182
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 203
Index of Airplanes that Nancy Flewp. 209
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