Launch into the legacy of America’s women aviators with Fly Girls of WWII at LSFM

The latest exhibition at LSFM examines the role of women aviators in WWII | Photo courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum

Explore the history, impact, and inspirational stories of American women who answered the call to service at Lone Star Flight Museum’s (LSFM) new exhibit, Fly Girls of World War II, on view from Saturday, January 29 through Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Curated by LSFM’s Eleanor Barton, Fly Girls of World War II showcases stories of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), an experimental flight training program program in the 1940s.

Out of the 25,000 women who applied, only 1,830 were accepted. The first training class of 28 women began at Houston Municipal Airport in November 1942, followed by two more classes before the program training moved to Sweetwater, Texas.

After earning their silver wings, these female aviators were deployed to 120 bases across the United States. Thirty-eight women lost their lives in the line of duty, but it wasn’t until 1977 that WASP were granted veteran status. In 2010, they also received the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Photo courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum

Fly Girls of World War II Exhibit

Visitors to the exhibit will hear the heroic pilots’ personal insights of triumph and perseverance, see original WWII uniforms and memorabilia, and learn how these courageous women changed the face of the U.S. military.

Curator Talk on Opening Day

The exhibit’s curator, Eleanor Barton will give a talk about the exhibit—detailing the history of fly girls at Houston Municipal Airport, the training site for the first WASP class—on the exhibit’s opening day, Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 11am.

Fly Girls of World War II at Lone Star Flight Museum

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