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Teresa James WAFS Pilot

When it comes to flying, Teresa James was one of the best. She mastered 26½ tail spins followed by a series of loop-ti-loops in a vintage Travel Air OX-5 to become a 1930s barnstorming stunt pilot at age 21.

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Teresa was number eight invited to join the 28 original WAFS—the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. These were the women pilots recruited by Nancy Harkness Love, early in World War II, to fly for the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command.

The WAFS were America’s first squadron of women pilots. All of them were long on experience when they were hired, in 1942, to serve as civilians. Their initial job was to ferry (move) small Army trainer aircraft from the wartime factories to the flight training schools. But their biggest contribution was to come in 1944 when they were called on to ferry fighters—the high-powered pursuit aircraft that ultimately would win the war for the U.S. and its Allies.

This is author Sarah Byrn Rickman's 17th book, and her fourth in the Young Adult series.