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

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 entries 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.
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1
Picture of the Beech AT-10 Wichita
National Flag Graphic
1942
Beech AT-10 Wichita
Twin-Engine Military Trainer Aircraft
2
Picture of the Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Beechcraft C-45 (Expeditor)
Utility / Trainer Aircraft
3
Picture of the Bell P-39 Airacobra
National Flag Graphic
1941
Bell P-39 Airacobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
4
Picture of the Bell P-59 Airacomet
National Flag Graphic
1945
Bell P-59 Airacomet
Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
5
Picture of the Bell P-63 Kingcobra
National Flag Graphic
1943
Bell P-63 Kingcobra
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft
6
Picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
National Flag Graphic
1937
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
7
Picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
8
Picture of the Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
National Flag Graphic
1941
Boeing-Stearman Kaydet
Biplane Trainer / Aerobatic Aircraft
9
Picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
National Flag Graphic
1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Four-Engined Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
10
Picture of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75/Mohawk)
National Flag Graphic
1938
Curtiss P-36 Hawk (Hawk 75/Mohawk)
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
11
Picture of the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber / Fighter Aircraft
12
Picture of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
National Flag Graphic
1943
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Carrierborne Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
13
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
National Flag Graphic
1941
Curtiss-Wright C-46 Commando
Twin-Engine Long-Range Transport Aircraft
14
Picture of the Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
Light Bomber / Night-Fighter Aircraft
15
Picture of the Douglas A-24 Banshee
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Dive Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
16
Picture of the Douglas B-18 Bolo
National Flag Graphic
1936
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Medium Bomber Aircraft
17
Picture of the Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
National Flag Graphic
1942
Douglas C-47 (Skytrain / Dakota)
Medium Transport Aircraft
18
Picture of the Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
National Flag Graphic
1942
Douglas C-54 Skymaster (DC-4)
Four-Engine Military Transport Aircraft
19
Picture of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
National Flag Graphic
1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
20
Picture of the Martin B-26 Marauder
National Flag Graphic
1941
Martin B-26 Marauder
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
21
Picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell
National Flag Graphic
1941
North American B-25 Mitchell
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
22
Picture of the North American P-51 Mustang
National Flag Graphic
1942
North American P-51 Mustang
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
23
Picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
National Flag Graphic
1943
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Night Fighter / Reconnaissance Aircraft
24
Picture of the Piper L-4 Grasshopper
National Flag Graphic
1941
Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Light Observation Aircraft
25
Picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
National Flag Graphic
1942
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
26
Picture of the Stinson L-5 Sentinel
National Flag Graphic
1942
Stinson L-5 Sentinel
Light Reconnaissance / Observation / Liaison Military Aircraft

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