NOW IN AUDIO: Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of WWII

 In Sarah Byrn Rickman

First Nancy Love Biography Released by Audible

Proud to announce that Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of WWII is now available on Audible! Give it a listen! You’ll like it!

The University of North Texas Press, my publisher, decided this year to offer my full biography of Nancy Harkness Love in audio. I am SO pleased about this! In the process, I had great conversations with my narrator, Alice C. Schoo-Jerger, as she called occasionally to check pronunciations, usually of names.

And it’s just in the “St. Nick of time” for Christmas for that person on your list who prefers audio books. Have to admit I’m fast becoming one of those individuals. I “read” while walking my sweet Black Lab, Lady, around the neighborhood.

Nancy Love photo courtesy the WASP Archive, Texas Woman’s University

Here’s what Amazon says about the Nancy Love biography:

She Led the First Women Who Flew US Army Aircraft in WWII

Nancy Harkness Love, early in World War II, recruited and led the first group of 27 women to fly military aircraft for the US Army.

Love “fell in love” with flight at 16. After just four hours of instruction, she flew solo in what she described as “a rather broken-down Fleet biplane that my barnstorming instructor imported from parts unknown”. The year was 1930. Record-setting aviator Jacqueline Cochran (and Love’s future rival) had not yet learned to fly. Amelia Earhart, the most famous woman pilot of all time, had yet to make her acclaimed solo Atlantic flight.

The Army Needed Ferry Pilots, the Women Stepped Forward

When the United States entered World War II, the Army desperately needed pilots to move — or “ferry” — its trainer airplanes to flight training bases. Most male pilots were assigned to combat preparation, leaving few available for ferrying jobs. Into this vacuum stepped Nancy Love and her 27 experienced women pilots. They were first known as the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and later as WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). By fall 1943, the Army needed pilots to move combat-bound aircraft across the United States for overseas deployment. The women learned to fly those fighter aircraft and then ferried them to the docks for shipment abroad.

Nancy Love advised the Ferrying Division, part of the Air Transport Command, as to the best use of their WASP ferry pilots. She proved adept at organizing and inspiring those under her command, earning the love and admiration of her pilots.

The book is published by the University of North Texas Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks

What readers say:

“This is an ‘edge of your seat’ story even if you know the outcome…. Worthy of the best-seller list!” (Commander Trish Beckman, U.S. Navy (Ret.))

“This book is a must read.” (Peggy Chabrian, former President/Founder, Women in Aviation, International)

“A must read for all who relish courage, tenacity, and a fearless desire to serve our nation in time of its greatest need.” (The late Brig. Gen. Linda K. McTague, Air National Guard)

Buy the audiobook here on Amazon.

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