“Pearl Harbor and the Female Pilots of World War II,” a free presentation by author Rob Simbeck, will be offered at Kapolei Public Library on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby.
Simbeck’s book shares the story of Cornelia Fort, a 22-year-old flight instructor who was giving a lesson in the skies over Honolulu on December 7, 1941. At first Fort thought the plane headed toward them was a U.S. military aircraft. However, when the sky filled with these planes, she realized Pearl Harbor was under attack. Fort, a Nashville debutante who left behind a privileged life to seek adventure, barely escaped death that morning. A few months later, she became one of the first women to fly for the U.S. military, joining 27 others in the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS).