WASP Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Congress awards a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), recognizing them for their trailblazing contributions during World War II when they flew military aircraft in non-combat roles to free up male pilots for combat. More than 200 surviving members attended the Capitol Hill ceremony. From 1942 to 1943, more than 1,000 women joined WASP, flying 60 million miles of noncombat military missions.