Published On: November 30th, 2018By Categories: Editions, Feature, News, Subscribers0.9 min read
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Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) that provided support to the World War 11 Army Air force efforts received a meritorious service to aviation award at the National Business Aviation Association convention and exhibition held in Orlando, Florida.

The meritorious service to aviation award recognizes extraordinary lifelong contributions to aviation. Accepting the award on behalf of the group was Erin Miller, who was instrumental in pushing legislation to get inurnment rights at Arlington National Cemetery for the WASP after her grandmother, WASP Elaine Harmon, passed away.

Founded in 1943, the WASP organization was an adjunct to the Army Air Forces’ efforts during World War II. Trained male pilots were in short supply and were needed to fight the war, but the Army was desperate for pilots to deliver new trainer aircraft to flight schools in the South. The WASP organization was made up of two civilian-flying groups: the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron and the Women’s Flying Training Detachment, led by Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran.

WASP flew every aircraft in the Army’s arsenal.

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