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The purpose of the WAFS was to deliver planes from the factory to military bases. the WAFS and WFTD (Women’s Flying Trainin.

women of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WW2 - Spitfire Women BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tw1m1

women of the Air Transport Auxiliary in - Spitfire Women BBC ~Via Andrew Yang

03 Apr 44: 24 year old aviator Evelyn Sharp, one of the original Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) pilots, is killed in Pennsylvania in the crash of a twin engine P-38 Lightning. At the time of her death she was a squadron commander, only three flights from her fifth rating, the highest certificate then available to women. #WWII #History

03 Apr 24 year old aviator Evelyn Sharp, one of the original Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) pilots, is killed in Pennsylvania in the crash of a twin engine Lightning. At the time of her death she was a squadron commander, only three f

Mary a pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary in her gear to fly her Spitfire c. 1944

Mary, pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, in gear to fly her Spitfire, c. 1944 during WWII

Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38

During WWII, Helen Richey commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases.

c.1928 - Betty Gillies, first pilot to qualify for the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, entered the WAFS on September 12, 1942.

- Betty Gillies, first pilot to qualify for the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, entered the WAFS on September

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 women who flew military planes during World War II will be honored with the Congressional Gold Medal. They were known as WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, and at the time of their service, they were civilians. They waited three decades to be granted military status. And history nearly forgot them.

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

1940- Members of the Women Pilots' Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary adjusting parachutes before taking off "somewhere" in England.

WWII Women Pilots of British Air Transport Auxiliary Original Press Photo

1940- Members of the Women Pilots' Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary adjusting parachutes before taking off "somewhere" in England.

03 Jul 43: Ann Baumgartner Carl graduates from the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) training program and will become the only WASP to serve as a military test pilot. She will also go on to become the first American woman to fly a United States Army Air Force turbo jet, the Bell YP-59A, in Oct 1944.

03 Jul Ann Baumgartner Carl graduates from the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) training program and will become the only WASP to serve as a military test pilot.

Nurses drilling at Fort Gulick, Canal Zone - December 1942 ~

Nurses drilling at Fort Gulick, Canal Zone - December 1942

Wasps Women Pilots | WASP The Women Air-force Service Pilots ~these women have an amazing ...

Women Airforce Service Pilots, most commonly referred to as WASP was a group that began in response to World War II in the

WASP pilot Ruth Dailey climbing into a P-38 Lightning aircraft, 28 Nov 1944.

[Photo] WASP pilot Ruth Dailey climbing into a P-38 Lightning aircraft, 28 Nov 1944

[Photo] WASP pilot Ruth Dailey climbing into a Lightning aircraft, 28 Nov 1944

On the runway: Captain Joan Hughes at the controls of a Lockheed Hudson bomber in September 1944. After the War ended, the Londoner went on to become the UK's first female test pilot and was given an MBE in 1946

The female Top Guns of World War II

The female Top Guns of World War On the runway: Captain Joan Hughes at the controls of a Lockheed Hudson bomber in September After the War ended, the Londoner went on to become the UK's first female test pilot and was given an MBE in 1946

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