I Served My Country and
Lost My Privacy

 

 

Carey D. Lohrenz
First Female F-14 Fighter Pilot
Huffington Post
May 14, 2012

 

Women have been flying military aircraft since 1942. The WASPs, or Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, ferried 12,650 fighter and bomber planes all over the US, Canada and overseas when needed. They also instructed Air Corps pilots and towed practice targets for combat pilots.

However, women were limited to noncombat roles.

Over the course of time, the nature of warfare has changed. Women have become an integral part of the armed forces.

The Persian Gulf War, in 1990-1991, demonstrated how integral women had become to U.S. airpower. Female pilots flew various helicopters, reconnaissance, refueling and supply aircraft deep into Iraqi airspace. They loaded weapons onto fighters and directed Air Force pilots from AWACS planes.

But the final frontier for female aviators was to fly the coveted combat fighter jets and bombers.

To read the full story at the Huffington Post, click here.

 

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