WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1


American pilot and Commander of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (or WAFS, which was later absorbed into the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP) Nancy Harkness Love (1914 - 1976) carries her helmet, goggles, and parachute as she walks across the tarmac of an unidentified airfield in England, September 1942. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
American pilot and Commander of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (or WAFS, which was later absorbed into the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP) Nancy Harkness Love (1914 - 1976) carries her helmet, goggles, and parachute as she walks across the tarmac of an unidentified airfield in England, September 1942. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII was formed to see if women could fly military aircraft, and potentially free up male noncombat pilots to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Our expert guest reveals that there's so much more to the story, though.

American pilot and Commander of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (or WAFS, which was later absorbed into the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP) Nancy Harkness Love (1914 - 1976) carries her helmet, goggles, and parachute as she walks across the tarmac of an unidentified airfield in England, September 1942. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: American history, women, military history, interviews, women in aviation, Women Airforce Service Pilots, U.S. history, 20th century, wwii, World War II, women in the military, women's rights