Helicopter Heroine : Valérie André - Surgeon, Pioneer Rescue Pilot, and Her Courage Under Fire Helicopter Heroine : Valérie André - Surgeon, Pioneer Rescue Pilot, and Her Courage Under Fire

Helicopter Heroine : Valérie André - Surgeon, Pioneer Rescue Pilot, and Her Courage Under Fire

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Valerie Andre was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1922. From an early age, she wanted to fly, but as a woman, she faced challenges. While boys could receive government-funded flight lessons, Andre had to pay for hers by tutoring. During World War II, she left Strasbourg against German prohibitions in order to study medicine in Paris, where she completed her studies under threat of arrest by the Gestapo. Assigned to an army hospital in Saigon in French Indochina in the late 1940s, Andre trained as a neurosurgeon. When the French medical corps developed mobile surgical units to be air-dropped into military outposts, she volunteered, and when the service acquired a few primitive helicopters, she volunteered for that, which meant learning to fly helicopters in combat. Flying through bullets and bombs, fatigue, parasitic illness, and mechanical issues with the helicopters, Andre nonetheless became a legend in Indochina.
After Indochina, she continued to be an innovator in military aviation and medicine as well as an advocate for women's integration into the French military. In 1975, she became the first female general in the French army, and at her retirement, she had flown nearly 500 combat missions, logged 4,000 hours in helicopters, and won the Croix de Guerre five times, the Cross of Military Valor twice, and the Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit.

GENRE
Biografieën en memoires
VERTELLER
NP
Nancy Peterson
TAAL
EN
Engels
DUUR
16:46
u. min.
UITGEGEVEN
2023
16 mei
UITGEVER
Tantor Media, Inc
GROOTTE
744,5
MB