WOMEN AIR FORCE SERVICE PILOTS
Women Air Force Service Pilots
Roman R. M. Perez
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Ã¢ÂÂ A United States Air Force press release, issued in early 1977, simply stated that the first women in American aviation history were soon to graduate from flight training, and would be the first group of women to pilot U.S. military aircraft (citation). However, somewhere in the written archives of World War II, there were sealed, classified records, which hid tales of heroic, skilled, and determined pilots who served their country selflessly. The memories of the actions existed only to the minds of the pilots who put their lives on the line for more than the two years of their existence. The hidden, mostly forgotten pilots, all of whom of which were women, decided it was time to let their voices be heard, and their stories be told. The Women Air Force Service Pilots, or more simply known as the WASP, were determined to not allow that their stories be untold, for the women whom were about to graduate flight school, were not the first to fly military aircraft, the WASP had already accomplished the feat more than three decades before and most likely, before many of the "first" women who are graduating flight school were even born.
During the early stages of the war, the United States manufacturers were mass-producing aircraft numbering in the thousands to help the war effort in Europe. The brutal strain that was experienced by the armed forces during this time period of the war caused a severe shortage of trained, qualified pilots both on the home front and overseas in combat duty. The amount of combat trained and experienced pilots that were forced to stay home ferrying aircraft to and from factories was a discrepancy...