Public Eye: One Woman's Fight to Fly

One Woman's Fight to Fly

In the unfinished drama of women in the military, Admiral Stanley Arthur and Lieut. (j.g.) Rebecca Hansen were antagonists in the making. Arthur was the former commander of U.S. naval forces during the Persian Gulf War, holder of 11 Distinguished Flying Crosses; he was looking forward to being confirmed by the Senate as commander in chief of the Pacific forces in July. Hansen, an honors student in Aviation Officer Candidate School, wanted to fly. The problem: she had been dismissed from flight school with only eight weeks left in an 18-month training course. As Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Arthur had...

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