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Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

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Jacqueline Cochran  1906 - 1980  
PIONEERING PILOT    The first woman to break the sound barrier, she might have been the first woman astronaut — but apparently NASA wasn't ready: Thirteen women, including Cochran, were invited to train, then disinvited in 1961 (though some outperformed male trainees).

Jacqueline Cochran 1906 - 1980 PIONEERING PILOT The first woman to break the sound barrier, she might have been the first woman astronaut — but apparently NASA wasn't ready: Thirteen women, including Cochran, were invited to train, then disinvited in 1961 (though some outperformed male trainees).

English woman in Women’s Auxiliary Air Force uniform reading a magazine with her gas mask beside her, London, Sept. 1941 ~

English woman in Women’s Auxiliary Air Force uniform reading a magazine with her gas mask beside her, London, Sept. 1941 ~

WASP pilot Deanie Parish in front of her P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, circa early 1940s (tyndall aaf, fl) (deanie looks almost as if she's wearing a marine/navy cloth cap here. i guess that's possible given that it's florida)

[Photo] WASP pilot Deanie (Bishop) Parrish in front of her P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, circa early 1940s

WASP pilot Deanie Parish in front of her P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft, circa early 1940s (tyndall aaf, fl) (deanie looks almost as if she's wearing a marine/navy cloth cap here. i guess that's possible given that it's florida)

WASP with a plane named "Miss Fifinella" | forgotten heroines!

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

Female Pilot Lettice Curtis with a Spitfire during the war

Britain's FEMALE Spitfire pilots to receive badge of courage at last

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 women who flew military planes during World War II will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. They were known as WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, and at the time of their service, they were civilians. They waited three decades to be granted military status. And history nearly forgot them.

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 women who flew military planes during World War II will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. They were known as WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, and at the time of their service, they were civilians. They waited three decades to be granted military status. And history nearly forgot them.

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