my new jacket. It's a brown leather jacket by DePalma from last year's collection, and it was love at first sight when I found it at the back of the HepCat Store.
It's inspired by the jackets worn by female pilots during WWII. Women were not allowed to fly planes in combat but hundreds of women served as ferry pilots, test pilots and instructors.
In the US more than a thousand women joined the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots). In the UK 150 female pilots were a part of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary). Many of these women served in though conditions for a modest salary and without any of the benefits that were offered to male pilots.
I remember reading some of these women's stories in "Debs at War" by Anne De Courcy. A brilliant book by the way.
Radio Diaries has made a great documentary called The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII. It can be streamed from their website. You can read the story behind Radio Diaries and the making of the documentary here.
Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
I've already put a few books about these kick-ass women on my wishlist for Christmas. Suggestions for further reading are more than welcome.