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

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

About 1,100 young women flew military aircraft stateside during World War II as part of a program called Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. These civilian volunteers ferried and tested planes so male pilots could head to combat duty.

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

About 1,100 young women flew military aircraft stateside during World War II as part of a program called Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. These civilian volunteers ferried and tested planes so male pilots could head to combat duty.

maureen dunlop de popp: a pioneering female pilot (world war II) became a cover girl sensation ... proving women could be fearless as well as glamorous - and integral to the war effort.

Pioneering female pilot who flew Spitfires during Second World War and became magazine cover girl dies aged 91

maureen dunlop de popp: a pioneering female pilot (world war II) became a cover girl sensation ... proving women could be fearless as well as glamorous - and integral to the war effort.

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WWII women pilots to get 'long-overdue' honor; Local woman who died while serving as a WWII pilot is among them

Martin B-26 Marauder bomber on a bombing run, World War II.

Martin B-26 Marauder bomber on a bombing run, World War II.

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who volunteered to become the first black military airmen during World War II.

The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who volunteered to become the first black military airmen during World War II.

Female Pilot of the US Women's Air Force Service, 1943. The women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) flew military aircraft during non-combat missions throughout the United States' involvement in World War II.

Female Pilot of the US Women's Air Force Service, 1943. The women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) flew military aircraft during non-combat missions throughout the United States' involvement in World War II.

Nancy Harkness Love, September 22, 1942. With the approach of World War II, Love recognized the coming need for pilots to ferry aircraft and identified highly qualified women pilots who could perform such duties. In September 1942, the Army Air Corps' Air Transport Command approved the creation of a temporary, civilian women's flying corps, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), under her direction. She is pictured here leaning against a Fairchild PT-19A. SI-96-15604

Nancy Harkness Love, September 22, 1942. With the approach of World War II, Love recognized the coming need for pilots to ferry aircraft and identified highly qualified women pilots who could perform such duties. In September 1942, the Army Air Corps' Air Transport Command approved the creation of a temporary, civilian women's flying corps, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), under her direction. She is pictured here leaning against a Fairchild PT-19A. SI-96-15604

The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was awarded an Iron Cross.

Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91

The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was awarded an Iron Cross.

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