This video is a must see. It covers the incredible history of African American women aviators in the U.S. Army.
These women had to deal with the realities of segregation and racism, but they also had to challenge the long held ideas that women were not capable, did not have what it takes, to do a “man’s job,” especially in the military.
While there was history of women pilots before WWII, with women like Amelia Earhart, the nation and the military at the time of WWII was not ready to conceive of women flying military planes, certainly not African American women. It all had to start somewhere and you will see some of that important history here in this video.
This video focuses exclusively on the history of African American women pilots in the Army. It begins in WWII with their entrance into the W.A.S.P.s to fly newly made planes across the nation to the ports and airfields where men would then deliver them or fly them into combat.
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That changed as these talented, capable and courageous African American women began to fly every kind of aircraft in the U.S. Army. In later years that would be helicopter pilots and would do so in combat.
Watch this well-made video and look at the faces and get to know the names of these great Americans. See the kind of character and dedication and love of service they bring to their work as pilots in the United States Army.
The Veterans Site wishes to honor and to thank all those African American women who are introduced in this video, and those who aren’t, for their past and continuing service to the nation as skilled and dedicated Army pilots.
You are a source of pride to the whole nation.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.