Army & Navy - Here Come the WAFS

On the parched fringes of Avenger Field at Sweetwater, Tex., Army Air Forces men saw a new kind of graduation ceremony, met a new kind of flying graduate.

Around a wishing well among the administration buildings clustered 43 bronzed and windburned women in slacks and white blouses, their eyes on a leggy Air Forces colonel. He dug in his pocket, fished out a silver dollar, tossed it into the well, where it slid down among dimes and quarters dropped there by students for luck. (They are fished out periodically for the Red Cross.)


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