Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Flying High: The WASP Official Archive Coming to PBS

The Woman’s Collection of the Texas Woman's University Libraries is pleased to announce Defying Gravity: The Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, a documentary coming soon to PBS.  Prominently featured in the film are materials from the collection's Women Airforce Service Pilots Official Archive--home of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Digital Archive, the official WASP repository containing digital photographs, letters, oral histories and more.  Image left courtesy of the documentary's website.

Tentatively scheduled to premiere on Veteran's Day 2013 (Monday, November 11th), Defying Gravity tells the historic and inspiring tale of the 1,100 American women who left homes and jobs at the height of World War II to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. Volunteering as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corps program, these brave women played a key wartime role by 
taking to the skies towing targets and ferrying planes across the country in order to free men for overseas duty.

Director Jill Bond spent weeks doing WASP research in preparation for the making of the film, and many of the images in the documentary are straight from the WASP Official Archive of the TWU Libraries.

National screening details for Defying Gravity will be announced.  Check your local listings for air times.  In the meantime, information on WASP history, their leaders, their training and more are available on the TWU Libraries' Women Airforce Service Pilots Official Archive page.  

~Sandy Cochran

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