Women Air Force Service Pilots were the first women to fly US Military Aircraft. They were trained to fly aircraft of all types - from light observation planes like the L-4 Grasshopper shown here, to fighters and bomber aircraft. During World War II, each member's service had freed a male pilot for military combat or other duties. They flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft from factories to combat areas, towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice, simulated strafing missions and transported cargo. Thirty-eight WASP members lost their lives and one went missing. (Wikipedia)
The flight suit is an authentic 1943 US Army Air Corps garment and 100% wool. For the biplane shoot, it was rather uncomfortable for the model, as the temperature on Maryland's Eastern Shore that day was over 100F (38C). The biplane is a 1946 Boeing Stearman which served in the US Navy as a trainer. I have flown in this airplane three times and got to fly it from the front cockpit.
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