Fly Girls of World War II
During World War II, over 1,000 young American women left their homes and families to serve America as military pilots. Though the army classified them as “civilians,” the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) carried out dangerous missions, flying America’s most advanced military aircraft. This exhibition tells their story–the story of the first women to fly for America’s military.
America was unprepared for war in 1941. Among the worst shortfalls was the lack of male pilots to serve in combat zones. This created an opportunity for female pilots, and two remarkable women, Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Harkness Love–both well-known pilots–led the charge. Separately they convinced a skeptical military to “free a man to fight” by using women to fly military aircraft in the U.S.