Wings of Glory

Stan McCord

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GENRE

FAMILY HISTORICAL FICTION WAR YOUNG ADULT

    Core Theme

    OVERCOMING FEARS TO REALIZE A DREAM

    TIME PERIOD

    1940s & '50s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, MEMPHIS BELLE, TOP GUN, THE RIGHT STUFF

    CHARACTER LIST

    • SOPHIE: 22. SELF-CONFIDENT, LIKEABLE, GOOD AT WHAT SHE DOES.
    • ETTA JOHNSON: 21. FEMALE. SIDEKICK. BLUNT, CONFIDENT, DECISIVE, OUTSPOKEN.
    • EUGENIA HALL: 24. FEMALE. SIDEKICK. VISIONARY, ADVENTUROUS, LEADER, PATRIOTIC.

    Logline

    Over 3000 women pilots few aircraft for the Army Air Corp during WW2. They flew every aircraft made, including bombers, and logged over 60 million miles. This book is a fiction account that follows a group of women as they enter training in Sweetwater, Texas.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 55+

    Target Gender: Female leaning

    Setting

    Mostly in Sweetwater, Texas

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    Sophie Carson is a young war wife eager to join in the fight. She has a pilot's license and learns of the opportunity to fly for the Army. She joins the program and enters her training in Texas.

    Ending Description

    The group of women, called WASPS, graduate from their training and go on to different locations in the US for duty.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

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    Mature Audience Themes

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message, Happy Ending,overcoming prejudice to reach their goals

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Sophie Carson

    Age: 22

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Skillful, Visionary, Aspiring, Decisive, Adventurous, Confident, Heroic, Patriotic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Etta Johnson

    Age: 21

    Gender: Female

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Blunt, Confident, Decisive, Outspoken, Skillful, Visionary, Adventurous, Aspiring, Heroic, Patriotic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Eugenia Hall

    Age: 24

    Gender: Female

    Role: Sidekick

    Key Traits: Visionary, Adventurous, Blunt, Confident, Heroic, Leader, Patriotic, Outspoken

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    Over 3,000 women flew aircraft for the Army during WWII. This story is a fiction account inspired by those units of pilots, following a group of women as they enter training in Sweetwater, Texas; their hopes, dreams, courage, and struggle to fit in.

    What We Liked

    It's a little-known aspect of WWII and shows characters performing under great stress. It's patriotic,
    inspiring, and the reader/viewer really roots for the ladies to make it. Their journey is fun to watch as
    they fly planes for the Army - which doesn't even want the program to succeed, creating an
    “underdog” feel that is most welcome to the narrative. These plucky ladies hold their own against
    chauvinist men, bad weather, and lots of sand. The story has drama, love, family, bonding, flying, and
    heart. This could be a hit across a variety of platforms. It's always fun to watch competent people
    achieve greatness under pressure and adversity. Additionally, the beauty of vintage airplanes and
    learning what it takes to become a pilot are draws.
    There is a lot of emotion involved in the time period, during which almost every American had a friend
    or family member at war. One would want to watch the budding relationships, and stressful trials the
    ladies endure in order to be pilots and help the war effort.
    Key points: Fierce, determined ladies; beautiful vintage airplanes and how to fly them; a little known
    aspect of WWII; the inherent danger - and thrill - of flying; beautiful scenery.

    Synopsis

    Early 1940s. Sophie gets a letter delivered to her farm, saying she’s been accepted as a domestic pilot
    trainee to fly supplies for the war. The family - her aunt Liz, her uncle Mike, her brother Ben - say
    tearful goodbyes at the train station that has soldiers, young and old, waiting to be shipped off to a
    base in Texas. Everyone there has a story related to or a family member that has been shipped of to
    fight in Europe. Sophie has a cousin there, Jimmy.
    The base in Fort Worth is filled with all kinds of different girls, from all over the country. Friendships
    develop, fighting ensues - everything that can be expected from confinement. The ladies who do this
    are called WASPs. The instructor goes on to explain that this program has a lot of bureaucratic
    hurdles since everyone is against women pilots. Their pay is low and they can’t afford mistakes or
    scandals. Daily life includes stifling heat, storms and endless sand that the ladies are constantly
    trying to find relief from. Sophie flies to different places in various planes and does well. Her friend
    Willa, however, gets a letter that her husband went missing in combat, which reminds everyone of
    what’s really happening. During night flying, two planes accidentally land at the same time and crash.
    Sophie and another pilot, Sarah, run over to get the pilots out. One is okay, but the other lady is killed.
    Sarah and Sophie suffer minor scrapes and burns and get treated like heroes. They have a rodeo,
    food and dancing - and all of the women have a great time. The town’s public pool is a popular
    destination - everything to wind up after facing the harshness of reality. The training, however,
    continues - they train in dark, cramped and sweaty flight simulator pods to learn how to fly at night.
    Sophie gets a telegram - her cousin Jimmy was killed in Sicily, at age 19. She’s devastated. She
    speaks to Ben and Uncle Mike on the phone and finds out that her aunt is devastated as well, and
    won’t leave her room. Sophie offers to come home, but Mike tells her to stay and make Jimmy proud
    by getting her wings. After a harrowing landing in Houston, it’s graduation time. Aunt Liz surprises
    Sophie by showing up to pin wings on the WASPs who have made it through training.

    About The Author

    Stan McCord is a former community college teacher, now in the manufacturing field. He has a degree in journalism.