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Women pilots leaving their B-17, "Pistol Packin' Mama", at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio.

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

Poster girl: First Officer Maureen Dunlop, the daughter of a British mother and Australian father, became a poster girl for ATA after the photo on the right appeared on the cover of the Picture Post

The female Top Guns of World War II who flew Spitfires and worked with men

Maureen Adele Chase Dunlop de Popp October 1920 – 29 May née Dunlop, was an Anglo-Argentine pilot who flew for the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War II, and became notable as a pin-up on the cover of the Picture Post magazine.

Amelia Earhart was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Amelia Mary Earhart, July 1897 – disappeared July was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record.

AMELIA EARHART, 1940. Earhart is probably the most famous female pilot in aviation history, due both to her aviation career and her mysterious disappearance. She promoted "airmindedness" at a time when most people were skeptical about airplanes as a form of transportation. Her confident personal and media presence reached millions in the 1920s and 1930s and still resonates today. SI-78-16945

Amelia Earhart is probably the most famous female pilot in aviation history, due both to her aviation career and her mysterious disappearance. Her confident personal and media presence reached millions in the and and still resonates today.

35 years after the fall: The Vietnam War in pictures- slideshow - slide - 16 - NBCNews.com

35 years after the fall: The Vietnam War in pictures

A soldier of the US Seventh Marines carrying a little puppy in his pocket after rescuing it during an operation southwest of Da Nang in Vietnam, January 1968 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

In Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.

American Air Force Harlingen, WASP Texas, female pilot ww2 by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, via Flickr

Harlingen Army Air Field, Texas—Elizabeth L. Gardner of Rockford, Illinois, WASP (Women’s Airforce Service Pilot) pilot, takes a look around before sending her plane streaking down the runway at the air base.

Tuskegee Airmen-- Members of the 332nd Fighter Group attending a briefing in Ramitelli, Italy, 1945.

Toni Frissell Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fighter Group Attending a Briefing, Ramitelli, Italy 1945

A soldier says goodbye to his wife and infant child in Pennsylvania Station before shipping out for service in World War II, New York City, 1943.

A soldier says goodbye to his wife and infant child in Pennsylvania Station before shipping out for service in World War II, New York City, Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt. via back-in-the-old-day

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