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Women Proved to be Exceptional Pilots During WWII

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Women Proved to be Exceptional Pilots During WWII

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With millions of men serving in WWII, the nation needed pilots to ferry planes from the factory to the air bases. That?s when Jackie Cochran proposed a novel idea: why not let women fly?


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At the turn of the 20th century, 29 million Americans are working and 40% of them are farmers. Over the decades, factories expand like never before, two world wars speed up technological change, and by the 1950s, American workers have the highest wages and consumer power of any country in the world. This is the story of the men and women who built the American Dream, presented entirely in color through digitally remastered archival footage and home movies.

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