During WWII, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was formed to help with non-combat piloting missions. Of the 25,000 applicants to the program, 1,830 were accepted and 1,074 graduated. The WASP, based out of Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, were a civilian unit charged with transporting military aircraft from all over the United States to coastal ports for shipment to war zones as well as test piloting problem aircraft, towing aerial targets (a risky endeavor because real ammunition was fired), and training male cadets. The WASP flew 77 different types of planes for a total of 12,650 deliveries and 60 million miles. They faced resistance at every turn from being grounded during their menstrual cycles to sabotage. Thirty-eight WASP lost their lives in service to their country, unusually painful as there was no insurance, family death benefit or official recognition for the women who died. On December 20, 1944 the WASP program was deactivated, and in a sign of the times, most of those pilots would never again be able to obtain jobs in aviation. While their military careers were abruptly put to an end, the WASP had already created a landmark for future generations. In addition to being trailblazers for women in aviation, they challenged stereotypes and built a foundation of courage, ability and self-esteem.

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1973 marked the year that the armed forces began earnestly recruiting women for their new all-volunteer army, but it wasn't until 1976 that women were allowed to begin pilot training. By 1983, a mere 6 years later, women military pilots were flying reconnaissance and refueling missions, served as test pilots, were carrier qualified and were even instructor pilots. Despite the ban on women serving in combat, which was not lifted until 1993, the five women pictured in this design, Kim Corcoran, Karen Jeglum Pettyjohn, Katie Creveling, Lynn South Sherlock and Carol Timmons, were flying T-38's as instructors and student pilots. Most of these women are still on active duty or serving in the Reserves while raising families and pursuing careers with the major airlines.

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Squadron Commander of the Women's Auxiliary Ferry Service (WAFS), Nancy Harkness Love proposed employing 28 well qualified women pilots for non-combat flying missions. In 1943, the WAFS merged with the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Nancy was appointed Executive Commander.

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Squadron Commander of the Women's Auxiliary Ferry Service (WAFS), Nancy Harkness Love proposed employing 28 well qualified women pilots for non-combat flying missions. In 1943, the WAFS merged with the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Nancy was appointed Executive Commander.

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Libby was working for Piper Aircraft when she heard that employees were eligible for inexpensive flying lessons. She soloed on September 10, 1942 and sent her application into the WASP to help ferry military aircraft. She became one of an elite group of eleven women who were qualified to fly the temperamental B-26 bomber, known as the "widow maker". We felt that Libby's confident gaze epitomized the courage demonstrated by women pilots during WWII, but she is much more modest about her flying: "We just wanted to fly and it was an opportunity to pilot the very best planes that existed."

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Orphaned as a baby, Jackie Cochran grew up in extreme poverty in the Florida panhandle. But Jackie was a survivor and took an opportunity to apprentice with a beautician to escape the South. With only a second-grade education, Jackie opened her first beauty and cosmetics shop. The Depression was in full swing and she realized she needed an edge on her competition, so In 1932, at the suggestion of her future husband, Floyd Odlum, Jackie took up flying to cover more sales territory. In typical Jackie style, she soloed in three days and never looked back. Flying then became her true and consuming passion. She went on to set more speed, altitude and distance records than any other pilot, male or female. She founded and directed all phases of the Womens Air Force Service Pilots program during World War II. Jackie's numerous awards include the United States Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. She was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 1971 the first living woman to receive that honor. Jackie kept esteemed company and considered among her friends Amelia Earhart, General Hap Arnold, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Chuck Yeager.

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During WWII, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was formed to help with non-combat piloting missions. Of the 25,000 applicants to the program, 1,830 were accepted and 1,074 graduated. The WASP, based out of Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, were a civilian unit charged with transporting military aircraft from all over the United States to coastal ports for shipment to war zones as well as test piloting problem aircraft, towing aerial targets (a risky endeavor because real ammunition was fired), and training male cadets. The WASP flew 77 different types of planes for a total of 12,650 deliveries and 60 million miles. They faced resistance at every turn from being grounded during their menstrual cycles to sabotage. Thirty-eight WASP lost their lives in service to their country, unusually painful as there was no insurance, family death benefit or official recognition for the women who died. On December 20, 1944 the WASP program was deactivated, and in a sign of the times, most of those pilots would never again be able to obtain jobs in aviation. While their military careers were abruptly put to an end, the WASP had already created a landmark for future generations. In addition to being trailblazers for women in aviation, they challenged stereotypes and built a foundation of courage, ability and self-esteem.

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During WWII, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was formed to help with non-combat piloting missions. Of the 25,000 applicants to the program, 1,830 were accepted and 1,074 graduated. The WASP, based out of Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, were a civilian unit charged with transporting military aircraft from all over the United States to coastal ports for shipment to war zones as well as test piloting problem aircraft, towing aerial targets (a risky endeavor because real ammunition was fired), and training male cadets. The WASP flew 77 different types of planes for a total of 12,650 deliveries and 60 million miles. They faced resistance at every turn from being grounded during their menstrual cycles to sabotage. Thirty-eight WASP lost their lives in service to their country, unusually painful as there was no insurance, family death benefit or official recognition for the women who died. On December 20, 1944 the WASP program was deactivated, and in a sign of the times, most of those pilots would never again be able to obtain jobs in aviation. While their military careers were abruptly put to an end, the WASP had already created a landmark for future generations. In addition to being trailblazers for women in aviation, they challenged stereotypes and built a foundation of courage, ability and self-esteem.

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