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In 1943, The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) merged under the leadership of Jacqueline Cochran to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), which performed the full array of flight services. Over 25,000 women applied, 1,830 served performing crucial and dangerous missions, and 38 died. (Photo: Four female pilots leaving their ship, Pistol Packin' Mama, at the four engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio. U.S. Air Force.)

In 1943, The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) merged under the leadership of Jacqueline Cochran to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), which performed the full array of flight services. Over 25,000 women applied, 1,830 served performing crucial and dangerous missions, and 38 died. (Photo: Four female pilots leaving their ship, Pistol Packin' Mama, at the four engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio. U.S. Air Force.)

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