Did you know that 60% of all non-combat flights in WWII were completed by female pilots known as WASPs? The women’s airforce service pilots were the first women in history to fly America’s military aircraft.
They were also frequently the first to fly any given aircraft. In 1944, Boeing introduced the B-29 Superfortress, the largest plane of its time. In May of that year, a young WASP named Dora flew a demonstation tour of the B-29 “Ladybird” from Clovis Air Force Base. Years later, she received a letter from Lt. Col. McKeown letting her know that after her flight, they never had a pilot who didn’t want to fly B-29!
Today’s Proud Kate: Dora Dougherty Strothers.