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Straightforward and exciting, Nancy Love: WASP Pilot is the breezy young adult biography of a little-known home front heroine.

Reviewed by Eileen Gonzalez, of ForewardReviews.com – 

Sarah Byrn Rickman’s biography for young readers, Nancy Love, focuses on a groundbreaking pilot who brought her fellow women pilots together to serve their country during World War II.

From the age of sixteen, Nancy Harkness Love’s greatest passion was flying. During World War II, she turned that passion into history-making service. From 1942 to 1944, she was in charge of an all-women’s flight squadron that ferried training airplanes and, later, pursuit airplanes to wherever they were needed. Again and again, Love confronted sexism, government meddling, and tragedy so that she could serve her country the best way that she knew how: by flying.

The book traces Nancy Love’s life from her days as a teenage flying student to her post-war retirement in Martha’s Vineyard, but most space is devoted to her time with the all-women flying groups WAFS and WASP. Clear language is used to tell her story and to explain unfamiliar or difficult concepts. Love’s bravery and modesty are apparent; she is calm and competent, a leader who remained devoted to her mission despite the political intrigue surrounding her.

The book spends little time on Love’s personal life or her relationships with her family and friends. Love’s voice is missing from the narrative: most of the information about her comes secondhand, as she was too much of a perfectionist to ever complete her memoirs. As Rickman puts it, “That is our loss.”

In addition to discussing Love’s struggles and important achievements, the book includes fun anecdotes, showing how Love flew a plane to work during World War II because airplane fuel, unlike gasoline for cars, was not rationed. There are many included photographs of Love throughout her life and career, and of the planes that she loved to fly. Engaging bonus material includes a short 1943 comic about Love’s exploits and a list of the awards and honors that she earned, both during her lifetime and posthumously.

Though thorough research is apparent, there’s little emphasis on the nitty-gritty of politics or technical explanations, and the text moves with speed. Its focus is squarely on Nancy Love herself, making it easy to follow her story, feel her disappointments, and cheer her accomplishments. The end result is an accessible, enjoyable introduction to one of America’s most influential women pilots.

Straightforward and exciting, Nancy Love: WASP Pilot is the breezy young adult biography of a little-known home front heroine.

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WASP of the Ferry Command
IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIBLE BOOK

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OF NOTE:
WASP of the Ferry Command was awarded FIRST PLACE, NONFICTION 2018 in the Marjorie Davis Roller Nonfiction Award. The National League of American Pen Women, Inc., Published by the University of North Texas Press.

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Nancy Love: WASP Pilot
AVAILABLE MAY 25th, 2019

“With publication of her new YA book, Nancy Love: WASP Pilot, Sarah enhances her well-established reputation for bringing the stories of the WASP of WWII to life. If the subject is WASP, Sarah is THE expert.”

–TRISH BECKMAN Commander, US Navy (retired)

“Sarah has a gift for telling compelling stories about the WASP, the women pilots of World War II. Young readers will enthusiastically absorb her love for and fascination for this area of U.S. history.”

–ERIN MILLER, author of Final Flight Final Fight, chronicling the fight to have her, WASP grandmother buried at Arlington Cemetery

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BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot

BJ and Nancy Love flew Genevieve, a much-patched-up, war-weary B-17, to the graveyard — with loving care. She had to be flown at a greatly reduced airspeed because of a large red sign on the instrument panel that read, DO NOT RETRACT LANDING GEAR.

“Along the entire route, we tried to ignore intruders that flew by us and signaled — in a superior manner — that we’d forgotten to pull the landing gear up,” Nancy wrote. “We strongly suspected that the epithet ‘women drivers’ was being directed at us along with their hand signals.”

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Finding Dorothy Scott

“Oh, Pop, we made a nighttime formation take off between smudge pots lining the runways. I’ll never in all my life forget that ride! We were nearly touching the other plane, guided only by small lights and the flare of the exhaust. The rapidly fading field looked like a million small fires.”
Dorothy’s letters put you in the aircraft with her. Her voice transcends the years.

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WASP of the Ferry Command

Personal stories from 40 daring women who lived the story that IS the legacy of the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command: Decades ahead of their time, these women ferried the Army’s newest aircraft to the docks to be shipped abroad to the battlefront — or wherever else in the U.S. they might be needed.

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Flight to Destiny
Fiction

Fly the skies over America with three fictional heroines, Annie, Clare and Midge, who become WASP ferry pilots. Meet them on December 7, 1941, and live WWII with them into summer 1945. Through them, you will get to know real-life WASP leaders Nancy Love and Jackie Cochran.

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Nancy Batson Crews

“Nancy’s story comes straight from my heart. We were best friends her final year. She flew P-47s, P-51s, heroic stuff to this child of WWII! Nancy chose me to write the story of her beloved WAFS. THE ORIGINALS is as much her book as it is mine. Then I chose to write her story — the sometimes painful but inspirational portrait of a patriot.” – Sarah Byrn Rickman, 2017

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Nancy Love and the WASP

Nancy Love, with General William H. Tunner, created THE workable concept for women pilots to ferry aircraft for the US military and successfully led her WASP to do just that. By September 1944, she had 134 civilian women pilots delivering three-fifths of all single-engine pursuit aircraft coming off factory assembly lines.
How? Read her story and find out.

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Flight from Fear
Fiction

Lacy Stearns swallows her fear of flying to become a WASP and fly in place of her husband who dies in a B-24 crash early in the war. She and her friends fly, live, love and, because it is wartime, lose loved ones. World War II tested the mettle of a generation — men and women. The WASP were not found wanting.

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The Originals

Twenty-eight women with at least 500 flying hours, commercial licenses and 200-horsepower ratings, answered their country’s call and joined the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Founder Nancy Love led them from flying trainers to ferrying fighters to U.S. ports for shipment to combat. Personal stories and history blend in this first book about the WAFS.

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a few words from
Sarah Byrn Rickman:

That I write about the WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II — is no secret.

For four incredible years, thanks to the influence of the WASP, I flew this little Aeronca Champ taildragger that I dearly loved. It is yellow with a red belly. Pictured at left: me and the Champ, November 15, 2010, the day I did my cross-country solo.

In my wildest dreams I fly a P-51 like my heroines, the WASP of the Ferry Command.

I asked Jenny Hancey, my graphic designer to create the logo at the top of this site for me — an old fashioned pen drawing a P-51 in flight. “Flight to Destiny” is borrowed from my WAFS novel of the same name — because we are allowed to dream.

So I invite you to come along and dream with me. More WASP books are coming as I do my darnedest to tell their incredible stories.

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