Podcast: Fly Girls

The American women who flew military aircraft during World War II.

Most of America’s pilots were overseas fighting the war, but planes needed to be delivered from factories to military bases. That’s where the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) came in.

As is always the case when women were excluded from combat roles in the military, they ended up getting shot at anyway. And sometimes by their own side – one of their jobs was to tow targets for anti-aircraft training. After a day of that, the women said they wouldn’t do it any more until the men became better shots.


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