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Curtiss-Wright Cadettes featured in talk

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In 1943, 918 women were trained in Aeronautical Engineering at seven universities - including the University of Minnesota - before reporting for duty to the engineering departments of Curtiss-Wright’s airframe and propeller plants. The Curtiss-Wright Cadettes made quite an impact in the engineering areas of the University. In 10 months, the women earned approximately 2 1/2 years of college credit, all in engineering subjects. Many of the Cadettes worked at Curtiss-Wright until the end of World War II, and many advanced to full engineering positions and some to supervisory roles. After the war, their unique patriotic (and technically sophisticated) service went unacknowledged and today’s Curtiss-Wright Corporation claims to have “lost” all its records on them.

In 2009, Jean-Vi Lenthe, whose mother was one of the Cadettes, crisscrossed the country in search of the missing records. She published her book on the Cadettes, Flying Into Yesterday, in October 2011.

Jean-Vi Lenthe and two University of Minnesota Cadettes will provide firsthand descriptions of their pioneering work as aero-engineers at a lunchtime talk/panel on Wednesday, August 7 from 12-1:30 pm in Room 101 Walter Library.

See more about the University of Minnesota Cadettes.

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