We Represented All Women

During World War II, WASPs proved that an airplane couldn’t tell the difference between a male and female pilot.

Vi Cowden during her service with the WASPs in the 1940s. (Courtesy Jonna Hoppes)

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“You know, she can fly!”

My first assignment was ferrying a plane from Love Field to Newark, New Jersey. Our basic training included only a few cross-country flights and they were relatively short.

“I’m not sure I can do this,” I told my commanding officer.

“Sure you can, Vi. Look,” she spread a map out on the table, “do you think you can fly from here to Columbus?”

I looked at the map. “Sure, I can do that.”

“OK, how about from Columbus to Pittsburgh?”

I studied the map. It wasn’t that far. “I can do that.”

“Well, how about from Pittsburgh to Newark?”

“I can do that, too.”

“OK, now let’s put it all together.”

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