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by Jean-Vi Lenthe

In WWII, 918 brave and bright young women known as the Curtiss-Wright Cadettes were trained at seven topnotch universities to design airplanes. Their work helped salvage the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Company from its own engineering deficiencies in a time of national crisis. But the records of their participation in the wartime aviation industry were mysteriously "lost." Their story has never been told -- until now. At the heart of the book is the author's mother, a smart 19-year-old beauty who, in 1943, managed to bust out of small-town, East Texas by stepping onto the "Curtiss-Wright Starlight Express." In 2008, five years after her mother's death, Jean-Vi began crisscrossing the country in search of documentation on the Cadette program, seeking to discover whether these women (including her mother) had been "real engineers." Her account is a compelling narrative that will keep you turning pages, eagerly anticipating the results of her digging, right up to the dramatic -- and inspiring -- end. "Flying Into Yesterday tracks an amazing story that was deliberately cut from American history because women weren't supposed to be aeronautical engineers -- but they were, in World War II! This remarkable book is like a treasure hunt, and we get to join in the chase." (Mollie Gregory, author of "Guts and Grace: The Untold Story of Stuntwomen in the Movies.") Jean-Vi Lenthe is a poet, performer, and educator turned investigative journalist. She has an M.A. in Poetics and lives in Taos, New Mexico. ??? For book excerpts, photos, and author tour schedule, see the website: WILDHAREPRESS.COM???
Download Flying Into Yesterday: My Search for the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Engineering Cadettes epub
ISBN: 097247031X
ISBN13: 978-0972470315
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Jean-Vi Lenthe
Language: English
Publisher: Wild Hare Press (October 2011)
Pages: 208 pages
ePUB size: 1220 kb
FB2 size: 1428 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 176
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I came across this book by happenstance. My mother was a Curtiss-Wright Cadette at RPI in Troy, NY. She told me a bit about her experience and I was intrigued. I wish I had asked her more about this chapter of her life before she passed. This book has shown me how amazing and important the program was and the women who were selected. The research by the author was excellent and her storytelling engaging. I recommend this book to any descendant of a Curtiss-Wright Cadette or anybody interested in the history of women in engineering. I myself am an attorney, another profession where women have come a long way
I bought this book based on other Amazon reviews. It is a story of college freshman women who were recruited by CW to be engineering techs for their aircraft manufacturing and engineering operations. It was interesting to me due to the Columbus Ohio Curtiss-Wright (then NA Rockwell) plant connection at Port Columbus. The only negative was that the author seemed to dwell a lot on her research process -- instead of the actual program. A good book for someone interested about early women in aeronautical engineering.
My mother was a Cadette. I loved this book and all the information about the program, none of which I knew. Well written and offers some very important and, unfortunately, heretofore obscure history about the workings of the WWII era. Highly recommended, especially to WWII buffs and also to anyone interested in how women have influenced a history written about and for men.
Flying Into Yesterday brings an episode of American history out of the shadows. Part memoir, part treasure hunt, Lenthe presents us with a tough piece of investigative journalism and does so with a sharp wit and a contagious enthusiasm for her subject. A must read for women's historians and WWII history buffs, as well as for anyone who has a mother.
Flying Into Yesterday is one brave and determined woman's quest to learn the truth about a segment of her mother's past. Jean-Vi Lenthe takes the reader on a one-year journey all over this country to learn about a mostly forgotten WWII program, the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Engineering Cadettes, of which her mother had been a part. Beautifully and passionately written, the book reads like a mystery novel; we, her readers, are with her on every step of her discovery process. In finding out about these Cadettes, Lenthe seems to make peace with a mother she hardly knew -- as well as with herself. I highly recommend this book.
I must admit, I have not finished the book. Last night, I was about 1/2 way through and decided to put it up. It seems, so far, to be more about the author's political jargon than the engineering cadettes. BUT, I really want to hear their story so I'm skipping to 3/4 of the way through hoping to get some more info on these American Heroes and less about the author herself. If I actually have some history to take away, I'll be back to edit my post.
My good fortune has been to know her in a completely different capacity and realize that serendipitous AND synchronicity in Taos. This book sought me