Published On: Mon, Mar 2nd, 2020

Female Fly Boys – The WASP’s Were Revolutionary Women

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Jacqueline Cochran and Nancy Harkness Love lobbied military leaders, just before World War II, in an attempt to persuade them to allow women to participate in the Air Force as pilots. Prior to the United State’s outright involvement in the war, the monumental decision was made by General Henry “Hap” Arnold allowing women to fly during war-time in a non-combat capacity.

Female Fly Boys - The WASP's Were Revolutionary Women

WASP’s Chronicle

Over 25,000 women applied to train to be WASPs and only 1,102 were chosen. They trained at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas where they flew AT-6 single engine aircraft, while dodging mock live ammunition.

These ladies forged their own battle, paving the road for the women who followed in the United States Air Force. From 1942 through 1944, this assemblage of ladies conducted many non-combat flight missions, freeing up the male fighter pilots for battle. It is documented that they flew over 60 million miles, and ferried more than half the military combat aircraft.

After the war, their service was not exactly popular and most of them were encouraged to keep quiet about it. At that time most American women were still “homemakers”, and had not yet even entered to workforce.

Years Later the Air Force Recruits Women

Thirty some years later, in 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill officially granting women the ability to maintain military status. The hush, hush legacy of their fore-mothers drove the new female recruits, and they began researching and boasting their stories. According to Nancy Parrish, the daughter of WASP Deanie Parrish, and founder of Wings Across America, a Baylor University group dedicated to preserving the WASPs’ history, these were tough women who had a patriotic commitment.

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Malachowski had dreamed of being a fighter pilot since her father took her to an air show as a little girl. She was devastated to learn that women were only allowed non-combat missions. She drew on examples from the WASP’s history and their involvement in World War II, and in 1991 the combat restriction on women in the military was lifted. Malachowski graduated five years later and went on to become the first woman to fly with the United State’s Air Force Thunderbirds.

WASP’s Later Recognized

Fondly remembered were the congratulatory words offered when the WASPs disbanded in 1944 by General Barton K Yount: “These women have given their lives in the performance of arduous and exacting duties without being able to see and feel the final results of their work.

The general went on to praise their courage and commitment, but as was typical of this proud group of women, they preferred to bask in their own private and humble homage. Many feel that even beyond their great feats during wartime, these women broke ground for the future of woman’s rights everywhere.

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