The Right Stuff-youth By Women Fly
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.