Thursday, March 28, 2013
It turns out that during WW11, a group of ladies called the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) flew all sorts of planes domestically to test them out, move them around, and even tow targets for live ammunition shooting practice. These gals were kick-ass and handled everything the air force could throw at them.
They were disbanded after just two years, and they were unceremoniously sent home without ever being actually recognized for their service. The documentation for the program was sealed and classified. Several lost their lives in service, and still weren't recognized, and the other ladies had to chip in for funeral expenses.
Way to go there, government. Way to acknowledge. Boo.
But! The good news is that now they're being recognized, and being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. It's about 65 years late, but I guess it's something.
Ladies, you rock.