Review: The Flight Girls

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The Flight Girls by Noelle SalazarCover: Flight Girls

Mira, 2019.  Paperback, 384 pages.

Opening in 1941 on the lush shores of Oahu, The Flight Girls shows how pioneering some women were in flight before the WASPS (Women’s Air Force Service Pilots) entered service.  Audrey Coltrane is in the Hawaiian Islands serving as a female flight instructor for the military.  On December 7th, she and another crew were in the air when the Japanese attack came. From that point, Audrey finds herself bound to fellow pilot Lieutenant James Hart even as the war takes them to different parts of the world.

In the year that follows, James is off to war while Audrey returns homes.  When the call for women pilots finally arose, Audrey joined the cause and trained as a WASP.  Much of the middle part of the novel shows the life in the WASP training program, from daily instruction…

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