WAFS Nancy Harkenss Love & Betty Huyler Gillies (SD 99) with their B-17 bomber. They first women to fly the "Flying Fortress".
Betty served as the Ninety-Nines International president from 1939-41 and was flying for Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation when the United States entered World War II. Having logged approximately 1,400 hours by September 1942, she became one of the original 25 Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) members. By December of that year, she was named commander of the WAFS stationed at New Castle Army Air Base in Delaware. In 1943 the name was changed to Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS). "Just as well I was in on the ground floor...I was too short for WASP entry requirements," she would later say.
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