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Published on Aug 12, 2009
Elizabeth Strohfus was one of the first women in the United States to fly military planes. In 1942, the Minnesota native signed up for the newly formed Women's Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs. The WASPs flew the biggest bomber planes. And they acted as "test pilots" for aircraft that had been damaged in combat. Read more: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/disp...
The Women's Air Force Service Pilots received very little recognition for their service. But in July 2009, President Obama signed a bill to give the WASPs, including the 89-year-old Strophus, the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award given to civilians.