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WW2 WASP Aircraft

WASP airwomen more than did their part within the ranks of the male-dominated United States Army Air Force during World War 2.

WW2 WASP Aircraft

WASP airwomen more than did their part within the ranks of the male-dominated United States Army Air Force during World War 2.

OVERVIEW



Women Airforce Service Pilots (or 'WASPs') served under the banner of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945). These women initially belonged to a civilian-minded aviation organization that was instrumental in bringing flight to female aviators. The group then fell under a paramilitary standing in early August 1943 and went on to number some 1,074 total certified flyers aviators of the 25,000 or so who actually applied for positions.

These women served in non-combat roles, ferrying warplanes to-and-from (they did not receive combat training) and assisted in training of male pilots (target tugs and the like). Before the end, the women amassed tens of millions of miles in the air for their part in the Second World War. Their primary purpose was to alleviate the demand of male pilots so they may be sent abroad to continue the fight. WASP pilots ended up delivering approximately 12,500 combat aircraft during the war's span.

Thirty-eight WASP pilots lost their lives during service and eleven of these were involved in training-related accidents. Rather sadly, their non-military status did not offer the usual military honors and respects upon their death but this did not detract from their discipline, capability and sacrifice during the war effort that required millions to be on the same operating page to achieve victory. It was only in later decades that the work of WASP pilots was properly acknowledged.

There are a total of 26 WW2 WASP Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.






Beech AT-10 Wichita
Twin-Engine Military Trainer Aircraft
Picture of the Beech AT-10 Wichita
001
National Flag Graphic
1942
Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
Utility / Trainer Aircraft
Picture of the Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
002
National Flag Graphic
1941
Bell P-39 Airacobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Bell P-39 Airacobra
003
National Flag Graphic
1941
Bell P-59 Airacomet
Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Bell P-59 Airacomet
004
National Flag Graphic
1945
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra
005
National Flag Graphic
1943
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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
006
National Flag Graphic
1937
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
007
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
Biplane Trainer / Aerobatic Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
008
National Flag Graphic
1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Four-Engined Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
009
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
Single-Seat. Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75 / Mohawk)
0010
National Flag Graphic
1938
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber / Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
0011
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Carrierborne Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
Picture of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
0012
National Flag Graphic
1943
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
Twin-Engine Long-Range Transport Aircraft
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
0013
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
Light Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
0014
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
Picture of the Douglas A-24 Banshee
0015
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Medium Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Douglas B-18 Bolo
0016
National Flag Graphic
1936
Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
Medium Transport Aircraft
Picture of the Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
0017
National Flag Graphic
1942
Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
Four-Engine Military Transport Aircraft
Picture of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
0018
National Flag Graphic
1942
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
0019
National Flag Graphic
1939
Martin B-26 Marauder
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Martin B-26 Marauder
0020
National Flag Graphic
1941
North American B-25 Mitchell
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell
0021
National Flag Graphic
1941
North American P-51 Mustang
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the North American P-51 Mustang
0022
National Flag Graphic
1942
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Night Fighter / Reconnaissance Aircraft
Picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
0023
National Flag Graphic
1943
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Light Observation Aircraft
Picture of the Piper L-4 Grasshopper
0024
National Flag Graphic
1941
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
0025
National Flag Graphic
1942
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Light Reconnaissance / Observation / Liaison Military Aircraft
Picture of the Stinson L-5 Sentinel
0026
National Flag Graphic
1942


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