JEAN LANDIS WASP PILOT, 2,500 MILES … LONG BEACH TO NEWARK IN A P-51
Presenting: My twelfth book about the WAFS and WASP – the American women pilots who flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
Jean Landis WASP Pilot is not only my twelfth book, it is #5 in my Young-Adult-Readers-focused series “The WAFS and WASP of the Ferry Command, WWII.” Believe it or not, these last five books are written to appeal to BOTH adult and young adult audiences. But, you ask, “Why and How?” would these books appeal to both?
THESE BOOKS ARE REAL
The events that take place in these books are real. They happened. Nothing is made up. These stories come from the women themselves, from interviews or oral histories I or someone else recorded. The WASP Archives at the Texas Woman’s University Library, Denton, houses nearly all of these. Some stories come from their fellow WAFS/WASP, others from their families. I’ve worked with several families over my 20-plus years of writing these books. I worked with Jean, herself – now age 103 — and with her great nephew Devin Scott and his wife, Jeanne. I did oral history interviews with Jean for TWU in 2012 and again in 2014. The latter is recorded on film. Thank you Bob Summers! There’s a copy at TWU. And this author has her own precious copy! And I had access, via Devin and Jeanne Scott, to their 2010 award-winning film
from American Dream Cinema, She Wore Silver Wings, Jean’s incredible story and her reminiscences of the WASP years. What a documentary that is! Well worth watching!
“AN INSPIRATION TO EVERY LITTLE GIRL WHO HAS A DREAM!”
I hope you’ll read Jean Landis’ story. Devin – who has known her all his life – pays this wonderful tribute to her: “I’m so proud of my Aunt Jean. She’s an inspiration to every little girl who has a dream.”
This author hopes this book, too, will inspire today’s young women to look to the future and dream – maybe about airplanes and aerospace!
WATCH FOR THE JEAN LANDIS BOOK LAUNCH, MAY 18 — COURTESY OF THE WASP MUSEUM! The National WASP WWII Museum, located at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas,
is where WASP Classes 43-3 through 44-10 trained and, like Jean, graduated with their silver wings. Classes 43-1 and 43-2 trained at the Municipal Airport in Houston, prior to the opening of Avenger Field to the women.
CLASS 43-4 WINGS – PRESENTED TO JEAN LANDIS AND HER CLASSMATES AT GRADUATION, AUGUST 7, 1943. PHOTO BY JONATHAN TURNER, TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY, AND USED WITH THE ARCHIVES’ PERMISSION.
Watch for notification of the book launch from the Museum soon.
From Sarah: Thank you for reading my books!