Female fliers were 'best-kept secret of World War II'

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Kim Long, general manager at Fantasy of Flight, thumbs through a Life magazine in the WASP display.

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The Lorax

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Mar 27, 2009
 
Thank you, ladies.
meeeee

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Mar 27, 2009
 
Not to knock their service, but I think the Indians, can't remember their name for the life of me, who sent those messages that no one could crack were the best kept secret.
real life

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Mar 27, 2009
 
meeeee wrote:
Not to knock their service, but I think the Indians, can't remember their name for the life of me, who sent those messages that no one could crack were the best kept secret.
You mean the Navajo Codetalkers? I've heard about them for years (there's even a movie with Nicolas Cage), but I'd never heard of the Fifinellas. I guess, at least for me, the women pilots were a better kept secret.
The Lorax

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Mar 27, 2009
 
I had heard of WASPs before in relation to Women Air Service Personnel. I never new that the "P" was for pilots. Pretty cool.

The Nicholas Cage movie is called "Windtalkers" I believe.

My favorite line from that movie was a Japanese code breaker listening to the Indians messages, "It sounds like someone talking under water!"
legalease

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Mar 27, 2009
 
I've read about these women for years - and it's true, SO long overdue. They were the unsung hero's during the war! Kudo's to ALL of them! Thank you!
Nici

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Mar 27, 2009
 
How incredible is it that this was not taught in history? Unreal!
Rummy

Orlando, FL

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Mar 27, 2009
 
Way cool! I like hearing more about women in history. Just like the movie "A League of Their Own" where women played professional baseball. That movie made me cry. I love having the choice to do whatever I want and thanks to all these women for setting the stage for this!

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FloridaAlmostNat ive

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#9
Mar 27, 2009
 
PICTURE of Fifinella at Google Images:

http://images.google.com/images...
Cinda

Mount Dora, FL

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Mar 27, 2009
 
There was a brilliant documentary about these women, I think it was on PBS, they were outstanding in their contributions to the war...they paved the way for a lot men in that era and got no recognition...just like a woman though...sacrifice and give with no eye on a prize...
Dale

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Mar 27, 2009
 
Very commendable service, but not CMOH material by a wide margin.
observation island

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Mar 27, 2009
 
If I am not mistaken there was also a group of women called the 99's,they mostly ferried airplanes, but were involved in WWII. Also, if I am not mistake, Jackie Cochran has Florida ties...going back in my memory, but I believe she grew up in florida...Grew up dirt poor too as I recall. (interesting life story).Goes to show you what you can do if you have a desire.
Everyday Citizen

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Mar 27, 2009
 
http://www.everydaycitizen.com/2008/05/still_...

The WASP are completely deserving of the Congressional Gold Medal.

I'd like to call attention to the fact that 38 of the female pilots died while serving. For example, my own Aunt died while flying an Army Air Corps warplane, at no fault of her own. Women did indeed pay the ultimate price during World War II, but their recognition has been very slow to come.

Read the following article about a WASP named Mabel Rawlinson who died while serving. This fallen hero will inspire you to call your Senators and encourage them to pass this bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal.

Read this - You'll be glad you did:

http://www.everydaycitizen.com/2008/05/still_...
MaxKlinger

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Mar 27, 2009
 
real life wrote:
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You mean the Navajo Codetalkers? I've heard about them for years (there's even a movie with Nicolas Cage), but I'd never heard of the Fifinellas. I guess, at least for me, the women pilots were a better kept secret.
Yeah. Have you heard about the one Community Organizer became President ?

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My name is Coco

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Mar 27, 2009
 
I had heard about them; they are legendary. They flew real fast, talked non stop on their radio's, and they fixed their make up in their rear view mirrors.
The Lorax

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Mar 27, 2009
 
Dale wrote:
Very commendable service, but not CMOH material by a wide margin.
Not the same thing.
Pat Ohlsson

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Mar 31, 2009
 
I am priviledged to know quite a few of the Wasps. Helen Snapp was a guest speaker and spoke at our Spruce Creek Flying Club a couple of years ago before she moved to South Florida from Merritt Island, Fl.

Someone mentioned the 99s of which I have been a member since 1976. It is the International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots. Helen Snapp and many of the WASPS are members of the 99s.

The 99s started back in 1929, when women pilots finished the Cleveland Air Races. While these young lady pilots gathered they thought they ought to have an organization to support their mission of women pilots.

They agreed that a letter be sent out to the `127 licensed women pilots in 1929. This letter was mailed out by Fay Gillis Wells, who passed away a couple of years ago just short of her 94 birthday.

25 of these gals met in Long Island, New York on November 2, 1929. Asha Peacock told me her husband would not allow her to attend. At the meeting they were discussing a name for this new women's organization. After coming up with 8 names a young women said how about the "99s" Ninety-Nines, our charter membership. That Lady Pilot;s name was Amelia Earhart.
Amelia Earhart was the first elected President.
My name is Coco

Suwanee, GA

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Mar 31, 2009
 
I read a good book by Amelia.

Amelia Earhart's Guide To The Pacific Ocean
My name is Coco

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Mar 31, 2009
 
Shortest book ever written.

The Who's Who Of Great Female Pilots.
gumby

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Apr 14, 2009
 
its nice to know women have a place in history for their bravery.

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