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Fly Girls In the middle of World War I women with flight experience were needed to fly in the military All over the country young women postponed their weddings put educations on hold ad quit their jobs For 1942 to 1944 more then 1000 women were trained to ferry aircraft test planes instruct mail pilots and even tow targets for anti-aircraft practice The show was about a remarkable group of farmer WASPS who recall the planes they flew the challenges they met and the pride they felt in playing a role in the American war effort The idea for a womens pilot corporation came from Jacqueline Cokran She was a determined businesswoman with her own cosmetics company When Jacueline was young she lived in Florida and she was very poor She then moved to New York and married a Wall Street tycoon In New York was where she fell in love with airplanes By 1941 Jacqueline held 17 world records That year she became the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean Later on Jacqueline convinced Hap Arnold chief of the army air forces to start an American training program Around 25000 women applied The 1830 who were accepted received pilot training at Avenger field in Sweetwater Texas Ann Baumgartner Carl was the only female test pilot at Wright field in Dayton Ohio in 1943 She became the first woman to pilot the new jet fighter Women pilots were also used to encourage men to fly airplanes with dangerous reputations The WASPS did not have military status When a WASP died her family received no benefits no flag and no gold star to hang in the window In 1944 as the European war ended male pilots began returning home form the war Male civilian pilots then launched a campaign to claim the jobs held by WASPs People all over wanted to go back to an America of work of family
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