Nation's First Female Military Pilots Featured in Fantasy of Flight's "Living History" Series

Aviation attraction celebrates Women's History Month by honoring Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) March 27-28.

"It's hard to believe that almost 70 years ago, these gutsy ladies stepped into the cockpits of fighter planes to serve their country in its time of need, and have been breaking barriers for women ever since," says Fantasy of Flight founder and creator Kermit Weeks. "It is my extreme privilege to welcome them to Fantasy of Flight to share their amazing stories first hand."

In the end, only 1,830 of the 25,000 applicants were accepted into the program, and 1,074 of those women earned their silver WASP wings. Founder Jackie Cochran became the first civilian to receive the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal for her vision and leadership of the WASP program.

The third and final event in the "Living History" series will take place June 20 with a Military Collectors Show and re-enactment in which several aviation heroes will speak. Cost of each "Living History" symposium is included with Fantasy of Flight admission.

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