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American Experience: Fly Girls
American Experience Fly Girls
Actor: Paul Tibbets; Mary McDonnell; Kath Soucie
Director: Laurel Ladevich
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2006     0hr 56min

During WWII, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military. Wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) test-piloted aircraft, ferried planes and logge...  more »


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Actor: Paul Tibbets; Mary McDonnell; Kath Soucie
Director: Laurel Ladevich
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, World War II, Military History
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/27/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1999
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fascinating documentary of a long-neglected group of pilots
Joseph T. Reeves | 04/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Fly Girls" is the story of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II, who have been neglected and unappreciated for many years. The WASPs were formed to ferry aircraft, tow targets and serve as instructors so male pilots could be freed for combat roles. But, as this film shows, the WASPs faced danger every day by flying every aircraft in the military inventory which more than proved the ability of women to serve as pilots. The WASPs were given the dangerous and dirty jobs to do, and they excelled despite the openly expressed doubts of male pilots. "Fly Girls" benefits from the contemporary interviews of many surviving WASPs. These interviews, along with archival footage, capture the truly important job these pilots were doing and reflect the can-do attitude that permeated all levels of World War II American society. Although this film does chronicle the support the WASPs received from top military leaders, these women were not recognized as military members and were not even given veteran status until 1977. This film stands as a testimony to their courage and strength."
Illuminating history of Women pilots in WWII
Trish | Oakland, CA | 11/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It was most inspiring to see both old and curent interviews with the women who took the jobs of test pilots during WWII (freeing up male test pilots for battle)- they were adventuresses then and their spirits still shine today! It was also disconcerting to hear of the poor treatment they received both from the government and many of the male pilots. Well researched and documented - surprisingly gripping. Worthwhile for all WWII buffs!"
Fly Girls - Role Models for the New Milleneum
Jeffrey Perrenoud | Sandpoint, ID | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The perfect documentary. Demonstrates amptly the courage and ability of these special women, and what humans are capable of when given the freedom to act. These WWII pilots are the preferred role model for women for the new milleneum, much more so than the contemporary ones often used by current intellectuals. Their heroism should be widely broadcast."
American Experience: Fly Girls
P. Mascorro | Santa Rosa, CA | 01/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"An excellent overview of the contributions made by female flyers during WWII with a brief "sortie" on the status of current female military pilots, as well as a strong commentary on prevailing male prejudices from male pilots to Congressmen. I only wish it were longer in its description of the travails women flyers faced and are facing."