A Fleet of Female Flyers
Due to a shortage of pilots during WWII, the commander of the Army Air Force, General Henry "Hap" Arnold appointed famouse aviatrix Jaqueline Cochran to direct the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD). A year later the WFTD was combined with the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) to form the Women Airforce Servie Pilots (WASP). This group of volunteer civilian women pilots went through the same training as the male airforce pilots. They served alongside them in 120 United States Army Bases across the country until their disbandment in 1944.