This inspirational, educational book is filled with fascinating, factual stories about some of America’s most outstanding and courageous women military aviators. I’m proud of each of them.
Of all the advancements made in the 20thcentury, nothing was more important to the viability of women making a career in the U.S. armed forces than the ability to combine military service with parenthood—just as men did. This was the result of hard-fought policy and statutory battles in the courts, Congress, and the Pentagon. By 1976, all the military departments revised their policies so that pregnant women, including aviators, were no longer automatically discharged. Retired Naval Flight Officer Linda Maloney, one of the first women to serve in combat duty as part of a carrier air wing, has collected the personal stories of many female military aviators who have served on the frontlines as well as the home front. Their service narratives are an important contribution to our national defense, their children, and to the corpus of American military social history.
Linda has compiled a powerful visual representation of the contributions that women have made in military aviation while still remaining true to themselves as moms. As a founder of an organization to use women in aviation as role models to young girls, I believe that Linda’s book provides a resource to encourage their interest and to let them know that having an aviation career and having a family are not mutually exclusive. Thank you, Linda, for highlighting these women and their accomplishments.
There are pioneers whose stories must be told. Linda Maloney has done us a great service by telling the stories of military flying moms. How far they’ve come—from being mistaken for stewardesses in their uniforms to some of their sons and daughters thinking that only women can fly airplanes! This truly inspiring book is a must—especially for youngsters making decisions about their own boundaries.
Military Fly Moms is an awe-inspiring exploration into the lives of ground-breaking women military aviators whose most challenging and rewarding job outside the cockpit is motherhood. Representing all five branches of our armed services, these flyers stood proudly on the shoulders of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. Many of them pioneers in their own right, these airwomen discuss their love of flying and proudly serving their country, while also tackling the challenges of raising children in a military family. Linda Maloney has generously given a voice to her fellow military fly moms, who are role models, each and every one.
How do you capture the essence of these amazing women who straddle lives in two fundamentally different worlds: motherhood and military flying?
Military Fly Momsnot only gives a taste of the adventure, accomplishments, and surprises these female pilots face in their professional lives, but also a rare glimpse into how they each balance their personal dreams, triumphs, and sacrifices while blazing paths in a complex world that was not initially designed for them. A must-read for any woman daring to pursue the path less traveled.