A brief history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII--first women in history to fly American military aircraft--from the beginning of the program to 66 years later, when they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Inspirational words straight from the WASP, first women in history to fly America's military aircraft. THEY ALL SHINE on camera. (from the wingsacrossamerica.org interviews) Women Airforce Service Pilots -- WASP!
Produced by the US Army Signal Corps during WWII, the original film was shot at AVENGER FIELD. It is a 'movie short' -- the kind that was played in theaters where longer features were run. In addition to the radios in every home, during WWII, this was a key way American's got their news. That was THE WAY IT WAS back in 1943. The courageous WASP helped CHANGE the perception of what women could do.
Missing from the video is 'the Rest of the Story," which includes the 60 million miles flown by WASP. Only 15% of those miles were flown ferrying aircraft. In less than 2 years, the WASP flew every type mission and every type aircraft in the Army Air Forces -- in the Continental United States. They never flew in combat, but the gunners in the chase aircraft were firing live ammo -- as were the anti-aircraft guns on the ground, firing at the targets using live rounds.