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Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

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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.

Nancy Nesbit, Pilot Trainee in Women's Flying Training Detachment, Sweetwater, TX

Interesting Photos of Women in World War II Nancy Nesbit, a pilot trainee in the Women's Flying Training Detachment checks with the control tower from the cockpit of her single engine Army trainer at Avenger Field in Texas

In 1943, The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) merged under the leadership of Jacqueline Cochran to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), which performed the full array of flight services. Over 25,000 women applied, 1,830 served performing crucial and dangerous missions, and 38 died. (Photo: Four female pilots leaving their ship, Pistol Packin' Mama, at the four engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio. U.S. Air Force.)

Four pilots leaving their plane, "Pistol Packin' Mama" at the four-engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio, during WASP ferry training Flying Fortress. "Pistol Packin Mama" was a AF assigned to the BG flying out of Italy during

Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II Medal

WASHINGTON - The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony today in Emancipation

Classic Wasp Women Airforce Service Pilots Pilot Wings | eBay

Classic WASP Women Airforce Service Pilots Pilot Wings

Classic Wasp Women Airforce Service Pilots Pilot Wings | eBay

http://www.npr.org/2010/03/09/123773525/female-wwii-pilots-the-original-fly-girls

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

Margaret Phelan Taylor was a WASP during World War II. Courtesy of the Taylor Family

Bernice "Bee" Haydu is interviewed June 5, 2014, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Haydu is a veteran pilot of World War II. She earned her wings with the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women to fly American military aircraft. She also helped lead the fight in Congress to recognize WASP members as veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Donna L. Burnett)

Bernice "Bee" Haydu is interviewed June at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Haydu is a veteran pilot of World War II. She earned her wings with the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the first women to fly American military aircraft. She also helped.

Women Airforce Service Pilots battledress jacket, 1944 - The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project - University Archives - Unive...

Women Airforce Service Pilots battledress jacket, 1944 - The Betty H.

WW2 ERA ARMY AIR CORP WOMEN'S AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOT (WASP) FIFINELLA PATCH

WW2 ERA ARMY AIR CORP WOMEN'S AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOT (WASP) FIFINELLA PATCH

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