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Hornet's Nest : The Experiences of One of the Navy's First Female Fighter Pilots epub ebook

by Mary Lou Cummings,Missy Cummings

Hornet's Nest : The Experiences of One of the Navy's First Female Fighter Pilots epub ebook

Author: Mary Lou Cummings,Missy Cummings
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Iuniverse Inc; First Edition edition (April 24, 2000)
Pages: 416 pages
ISBN: 0595001904
ISBN13: 978-0595001903
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 926
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Cummings' Hornet's Nest is a must read for anybody who wants the real .

Cummings' Hornet's Nest is a must read for anybody who wants the real inside story about the United States Navy. - Gregory L. Vistica, Newsweek Correspondent and author of Fall From Glory, the Men Who Sank the . At the end of her book, Lt Cummings explains some of the behavior she experienced in psychological terms (groupthink). We can also explain the behavior of the corrupt Naval Aviators in the military cal context that I described above. Through the eyes of one of the US Navy's first and finest female aviators, this book reveals a wealth of information on psychological, professional, and even spiritual levels.

Waiting in the wings, Missy was an established adversary pilot and perfectly primed to step into the role of a combat pilot. Author Bio: Mary Cummings, a 1988 graduate of the US Naval Academy, received her Master's degree in Astronautical Engineering in 1994. A naval officer for 10 years, she was one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots. She is now a professor in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals division.

Missy Cummings Hornet's Nest is a refreshingly truthful look at the life of a young female pilot breaking ground into an area that previously was off-limits to women. She has given us all a glimpse of what a person must do to attain ones goals. I strongly encourage anyone who is seeking a captivating true story to pick up a copy of this book and absorb everything she has written. This book hits the mark. Published by Thriftbooks.

Mary (Missy) Cummings (born ca 1966) is a Professor at Duke University and director of Duke's Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She was one of the United States Navy's first female fighter pilots. She attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating with a . in mathematics in 1988; she received her master's degree in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994 and her P. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2004.

Mary (Missy) Cummings (born ca 1966) is an associate professor at Duke University and director of Duke's Humans and Autonomy Laboratory YouTube Encyclopedic.

Books by Missy Cummings. Hornet's Nest The Experiences of One of the Navy's First Female Fighter Pilots by Missy Cummings, Mary Lou Cummings Paperback, 416 Pages, Published 2000 by Iuniverse Inc ISBN-13: 978-0-595-00190-3, ISBN: 0-595-00190-4.

Mary (Missy) Cummings is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003.

She was one of the United States Navy"s first female fighter pilots. Cummings spent eleven years (1988–1999) as a naval officer and military pilot, earning the rank of lieutenant, and was one of the Navy"s first female fighter pilots, flying an F/A-18 Hornet. She became a fighter pilot shortly after the Combat Exclusion Policy was repealed in 1993, and her book, Hornet"s Nest, recounts her experience with discrimination and hostility as one of the first women in the fighter community. Her first callsign was Medusa and her second was Shrew.

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Mary "Missy" Cummings is a professor at Duke University and director of Duke's . She was one of the US Navy's first female fighter pilots.

Mary "Missy" Cummings is a professor at Duke University and director of Duke's Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. While I fortunately was never raped, I experienced countless incidents of sexual harassment and assault by my peers and superior officers, both at the US Naval Academy and as a fighter pilot. I served from 1988 to 1999, and back then, there was an unspoken understanding that if I wanted to be in the ultimate boys' club with "the best of the best," I would say nothing.

In 1993, the Combat Exclusion Law was repealed in a landmark decision. For the US Navy, this meant that one of the last bastions of all male combat roles would be opened to women: the fighter and bomber squadrons. Despite the adamant protests of the male pilots, senior naval leadership, and various conservative groups, women were assigned to fighter squadrons in late 1993.

Hornet's Nest is the compelling account of one of the women in this first group, Lieutenant Missy Cummings. Waiting in the wings, Missy was an established adversary pilot and perfectly primed to step into the role of a combat pilot. Flying one of the world's most technologically advanced fighters would be exhilarating for Missy, but not without an exacting price. Missy's reception into the warrior ranks is overwhelmingly hostile and senior leadership in her squadron ensures that she receives harsh treatment, often deliberately criminal. Betrayed by the very institution that prides itself on honor, courage, and commitment, Missy eventually resigns from the Navy and abandons her dreams of a career.

This real-life drama concludes with a critical analysis of the integration of women into combat pilot roles, and the future of women in combat aviation.

Reviews (7)
Bluddefender
Interesting how the Navy has change with women pilots.

Whitegrove
This is a fascinating and controversial account of Lt. Missy Cumming's experiences working through the career path of a Naval Aviator and her transition to fighters (F/A 18's) once the combat exclusion law was lifted in 1993.
The early to mid 90's saw significant changes in the military environment. Consider: 1. The Cold war was at an end an thus the very mission of the military was changing from a focus on combatting the Russians to combatting third world despots (...From the Sea). 2. There was a significant drawdown in military forces. Naval Aviators especially no longer felt the need for their services. 3. Tailhook '91 resulted in a witch hunt atmosphere to stamp out sexual harassment. 4. The repeal of the combat exclusion law in 1993 (a direct result both of Tailhook and the election of President Clinton) resulted in a huge cultural change to allow women both on combat ships and combat squadrons. 5. The election of President Clinton forced the issue of homosexuals in the military and resulted in a significant change in policy -- "Don't ask don't tell".
Any one of these changes by themselves would have meant a significant leadership challenge at all levels of the military structure. However, all them coming within the space of a couple years resulted in such a rapid transformation of the military environment that negative consequences were bound to happen. In historical terms, one would need to go back to the years 1945-1949 to find such a parallel in rapid tranformation in our military (drawdown at the end of WWII, integration, transitioning into the Cold War). Missy Cumming's acount as one player during this critical period of rapid change in our military history is truly fascinating. It is a very personal account which allows one to "get behind the scenes" and see the day-to-day workings of our military within the context of the changing times. All of that being said, I must admit, that on a personal level I was appalled at the way Lt. Cummings was treated. As a Naval Academy graduate myself, I was stunned at the immoral and illegal behavior of Naval Aviators, especially the Fighter community. I like to think that as Naval officers, we rise above our base human instincts (lust -- for both sex and power) and instead serve our country with HONOR. Their behavior was really just shameful. At the end of her book, Lt Cummings explains some of the behavior she experienced in psychological terms (groupthink). We can also explain the behavior of the corrupt Naval Aviators in the military sociological/historical context that I described above. At an intellectual level this is all very interesting and instructive. On a personal level, though, those corrupt Naval Aviators have no excuse and are, indeed, a disgrace to the uniform.

Dianazius
Well written account of what it means to be a trailblazer in the military. It's the same in other professions where women have not had opportunity.
We all heard about Tailhook in Las Vegas, but to read how pervasive drinking, drugs, and sexual encounters of all kinds actually are, and are encouraged by high ranking military brass by their own participation or turning a blind eye, is not acceptable in a world-class military. To read how the military justice system is stacked against women, is a disgrace not only to the military but also to citizens of America. No wonder the military does not want a non-military court to hear cases of rape and other sexual encounters.

Golkree
A great read! I found this book interesting and enlightening. Ms. Cummings has every reason to be bitter about her experiences but she isn't. She is justifiably angry about some of the life-threatening problems that she has encountered but describes her overall experiences from a rational perspective with insight and humor.
Her experiences parallel those of so many women who are trying to make it in any male dominated profession. At first, young women are naive enough to think that talent alone will take them where they want to go. However, they are eventually faced with the fine art of trying to balance assertive actions in order to be successful without crossing the line to be labeled "bitch." When faced with women in this situation, many men (but not all!) are so sensitive about their own masculinity that they resort to emotional, irrational, and unethical tactics toward women to make up for their own insecurities. Unfortunately, these men often tend to be the most vocal because they are the most insecure and feel it is necessary to convince others that they are indeed masculine.
I highly recommend this book to any man or woman who is interested in taking on a big personal challenge. Ms. Cummings reminds us all that success is always political to some extent and that we never have complete control over our own destinies.

Silver Globol
A) Enough psychological abuse to make her own body attack itself. Through the eyes of one of the US Navy's first and finest female aviators, this book reveals a wealth of information on psychological, professional, and even spiritual levels. Missy Cummings shows us that when talent and ability are not enough to fulfill our own immediate dreams, we can reach deeper into our individual souls and selflessly pave the way for others. The situation of women in combat roles and other traditionally male professions will continue to be hotly debated as our culture goes through its rapid changes. Hopefully, reading this personal experience of a pioneer female fighter pilot will help to generate greater understanding between soldiers (and civilians) of both sexes, for we are really not so different... In summary this book is very telling from its description of hostile group behavior and its consequent stress related medical impact on the isolated/target subject. It is sometimes painful to read but brutally honest and yes inspirational in that her defeat is not final; nor is it ever for one who looks for and finds a deeper meaning to life. Finally, the descriptions of training for and actually flying in the world's most powerful aircraft are just plain fun to read. A MUST read for any aviator.

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