Meet the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Engineering Cadettes, 918 brave and bright young women who were trained in WWII to design airplanes. Their work helped salvage the Curtiss-Wright Airplane Company from its own engineering deficiencies in a time of national crisis. But they are WWII's great unsung heroines because the records of their participation in the wartime aviation industry were mysteriously "lost." Their story has never been told - until now.
"Flying Into Yesterday tracks an amazing story that was deliberately cut from American history because women weren't supposed to be aeronautical engineers - but they were, in World War II! Written by the daughter of one of those women, this remarkable book is like a treasure hunt and we get to join in the chase."
- MOLLIE GREGORY (author, Guts and Grace: The Untold Story of Stuntwomen in the Movies)
"Flying Into Yesterday is a long-overdue tribute to a magnificent group of patriotic women who helped win World War II. This powerful story of the accomplishments of the Curtiss-Wright Cadettes, told here with accuracy and affection, should encourage modern women to enter the world where they are vitally needed: aero and space engineering. The author has done a signal service to those who participated in the past - and to those who will take the book's message and participate in the future."
- WALTER BOYNE, Colonel USAF (retired), author, aviation historian,
founder of the National Air & Space Museum
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From the International Women's Air and Space Museum
IWASM Quarterly Vol. XXV, Issue 4, 2011
A rite of passage for most of us comes when we realize that our parents were young once and had a life before we were born. To a degree, that life remains obscure; but many of us make an effort to explore biographical information about our parents through direct dialogue with them, if possible, or by other means if they are distant or deceased.
In her book "Flying Into Yesterday," author Jean-Vi Lenthe recounts her efforts to solve a mystery about her mother's young adulthood: Why did her mother tell her family little or nothing about her participation in an endeavor that was both amazing and historically significant? Read more...
Editor, American Aviation Historical Society Journal
This book is primarily about the author's personal search for information about what her mother did during WWII, which led to the discovery of a little known program run by Curtiss-Wright Airplane Company, under government sponsorship, to employ college-trained women as aeronautical engineers.
This well-written book presents what is known about the Cadette Program, amply illustrated with personal interviews of some of the surviving Cadettes. It's also an excellent illustration of what an aviation historian must endure to ferret out a story. The author has done an excellent job of describing her efforts to uncover as much information as possible, as well as her attempts to help promote an unsung chapter in American aviation history. Read more...