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People

  • Jackie Cochran (1906 -1980)
  • Nancy Harkness Love (1914 - 1976)
  • Cornelia Fort (1919 -1943)

  • Early Women Aviators
    The American women who flew military planes during World War II were following in the footsteps of earlier generations of female aviators on both sides of the Atlantic who had proved that women are just as physically and mentally capable of piloting planes as men. From the very first days of aviation, women claimed their place among the pioneers who risked their lives flying flimsy, wooden aircraft in open cockpits. They frequently had to fight against discrimination and prejudice to stake out a place among the leading aviators of their day and to earn the recognition they deserved. Following are short biographies of just three of those women.
Events

•   Establishment of the WASPs
•   Militarization of the WASPs
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