Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

"The WASP service to our nation at a critical time in the history of the entire free world is not remarkable because they were women, but is remarkable in its own right. Their legacy to all military aviators, women and men alike is the knowledge that perseverance, commitment, and the desire to serve can overcome tremendous obstacles. I know I was able to be a woman fighter pilot…and a woman Thunderbird pilot because of the WASP.”

-Col Nicole Malachowski, the first female U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot



On this page you will find tributes to the aviators that were part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. The WASP organization was formed on August 5, 1943, when the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) were merged into one organization under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces. The organization was officially disbanded on December 20, 1944. The Women Airforce Service Pilots were given Veteran status as members of the United States Military for their service during World War II in 1977, and were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.


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