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Between 1942 and 1944, an elite corps of women called Wasps played a vital part in America's war effort. The women air force service pilots were a civilian corps attached to the military. Pilots like Betty Smith and Betty Riddle of Tulsa became the first women ever to fly military aircraft. Barely in her 20s, Betty Smith was among the first women in the program. I was in the third division and I was Texas at Lifefield. She delivered more than 20 types of aircraft to military installations on both coasts. Today, each of those aircraft are woven into an Afghan detailing the history of the Wasps. That's the basics that we all love to handle. The Wasps did much more than ferry airplanes from aircraft manufacturers to military bases. Others did things like two-tired? The weather flying, testing the airplanes after they were going through maintenance. That was Betty Riddle's job in Alta's.
I believe he was in the test pilot off the airplanes after they were paired. And at a time when many thought it was crazy to let women fly at all, Betty found herself living in Alta's psychiatric ward because it was the only empty bed space on base. Here on this Veterans Day, the Betty's looked back fondly on their time and service to their country. However, at that, Ted no military benefits. It wasn't until Jimmy Carter was president that the Wasps finally were given Veterans status. In Tulsa for the Oklahoma News Report, I'm Capitedom.
Title
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Title
Military - Women Airforce Service Pilots - Oklahoma Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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OETA (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
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cpb-aacip/521-416sx65317
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This program celebrates and pays tribute to an elite corps of women called WASPS who played a vital part in America's war effort. The women Air Force Pilots were a civilian corps attached to the military and served between 1942 and 1944. Two women pilots Betty Smith and Betty Riddle from Tulsa, Oklahoma became some of the first women pilots ever to fly military aircrafts. Betty Smith was in her 20's and one of the first women in the program. She delivered more than 20 types of aircrafts to military bases from coast to coast. These women were finally given veteran status during the Carter presidency.
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Copyright Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA). Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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00:01:44
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OETA - Oklahoma Educational Television Authority
Identifier: 8.24 (OETA (Oklahoma Educational Television Authority))
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Chicago: “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Military - Women Airforce Service Pilots - Oklahoma Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” OETA, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 21, 2024, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-521-416sx65317.
MLA: “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Military - Women Airforce Service Pilots - Oklahoma Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” OETA, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 21, 2024. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-521-416sx65317>.
APA: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Military - Women Airforce Service Pilots - Oklahoma Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Boston, MA: OETA, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-521-416sx65317