My Mother Had Wings
The daughter of a WASP tells her mother's tale.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, June 16, 2010
In our August 2010 issue, Melissa Jordan tells the story of her mother, Geraldine “Jerry” Hardman Jordan, one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, of World War II. “My mother [was] indelibly marked by her wartime experience,” writes Jordan. “That time in my mother’s life created some of her most treasured memories.”
From 1943 to 1944, the WASP delivered 12,652 airplanes on domestic ferrying missions, flying some 60 million miles. The airplanes they ferried included primary and secondary trainers; single-engine pursuit ships, two- and four-engine bombers; and two-engine cargo airplanes. Here, Hardman tests out a Vultee BT-13 Valiant.
See the gallery above for more images from Jerry Hardman’s remarkable life.