Army & Navy: WAFS

The Army Air Forces last week tapped the one group of experienced pilots that had not yet heard the come-hither of the armed services. To ferry aircraft from factory to airdrome, release uniformed airmen for combat service, it invited the 500 or 600 women with commercial pilot licenses, to give it a lift, sat back to await a rush of ladybirds.

Name of the new service is the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Not yet ready to put skirted airmen into its uniform, the Air Forces will hire its new ferry service pilots as Civil Service...

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