A true account of a woman pilot who also became a W.A.S.P. (Women Airforce Training Pilots) Trainee during World War II. Winnie LoPinto wrote the book which she titled Go Home Little Fifinella, in 1945 sometime after she returned from Avenger Field, the WASP training camp in Sweet Water Texas.
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The story starts as she boards the train to Sweetwater, Texas, full of youthful enthusiasm. She vividly describes the activities at Avenger Field, the antics with the bay mates of W7, the flights, the instructors, and visits by Jacqueline Cochran and General Hap Arnold. This book provides a rare glimpse into the every-day experiences of WASP Avengerettes. You'll laugh, cry, and feel a part of that program through Winnie's colorful descriptions. You'll love the 40's language!
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WASP (women air force training pilots) pilots flew dangerous planes by "the seat of their pants," with little instrumentation. Winnie was a slight woman, barely 100 pounds. Her legs didn't reach the brakes and she often loosened her seat belt to try to slide down, inside an open cabin and sometimes hanging upside down! It took a great deal of guts and skill to fly these old planes in freezing whether, but these gals did it! The trainees at her level had to train for an additional 250 hours to make it through and to keep up the pace and the money coming in to support the trainers, they had to go up in the worst weather, sometimes under conditions no man would be allowed to fly in!
Tonight I was reading your Aunt's book. I just sat there and cried because it brought back so many memories as a young boy 10 yrs old growing up everyday watching and listening to the drone of training planes flying over day and night. I lived on the west side of Sweetwater. My dreams were to fly myself but I never qualified to fly and so I became a gunner on B-29 in Korea. I hurt so much when there was a crash at Avenger Field. These women were SO courageous and SO determined that I never forgot and always wanted to wanted to praise them. Thank for sharing.
– Patrick Purcell, Dallas/Grand Prairie, T