In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s History Book Club @ Main Library will host “Fly Girls,” a one-hour PBS American Experience documentary, Wednesday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Main Library in downtown Akron.
“Fly Girls” tells the largely unknown story of the more than 1,000 women, all civilian volunteers, who flew almost every type of military aircraft — including the B-26 and B-29 bombers — as part of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. They flew new aircraft long distances from factories to military bases and departure points across the United States, and tested newly overhauled planes. WASPs towed targets to give ground and air gunners training shooting — with live ammunition. Thirty-eight women would give their lives.
The documentary is being presented in Summit County by Ray Hoffman, representing the National WASP World War II Museum of Sweetwater, Texas. A question-and-answer session will follow. Juanita Speck, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Firestone Post 3383, will introduce Mr. Hoffman.
Parking is available in the adjacent High/Market Street deck. No registration is necessary.
For more information, call (330) 643-9020, or visit www.akronlibrary.org.