WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilots

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Non so se stato fatto in occasione della festa della donna, NPR ha deciso di raccontare la storia di queste 1.100 giovani donne americane, che da civili volontarie hanno deciso di servire il proprio paese durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale, in un momento in cui la carenza di piloti maschi si faceva sentire parecchio.

Sono le WASP:

In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, and leaders gambled on an experimental program to help fill the void: Train women to fly military aircraft so male pilots could be released for combat duty overseas.

The group of female pilots was called the Women Airforce Service Pilots โ€” WASP for short. In 1944, during the graduation ceremony for the last WASP training class, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces, Henry "Hap" Arnold, said that when the program started, he wasn't sure "whether a slip of a girl could fight the controls of a B-17 in heavy weather."

"Now in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men," Arnold said.

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