The World War II Photo of the Week
for 23 June 2003
|WASP at Rest ...|
During World War II, a select group of young women pilots became pioneers, heroes, and role models. They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots, aka the WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft. Here, four WASP enjoy a smoke while listening to the radio in their barracks at an unnamed airfield. One role of the WASP that involved the Skylighters was the towing of target sleeves for antiaircraft gunnery practice at Camp Davis, North Carolina. How many Skylighters know now that the pilots in the tugs that towed their targets were women? Dozens more photos of WASP, plus a complete history, can be found at WASP on the Web.