In 1941, Jackie Cochran submitted a proposal to General Hap Arnold of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) for the use of female pilots in non-combat missions. A series of discussions and careful planning procedures took place and by July 1943, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) were formed. The WASPs were a civilian organization during World War II that was managed by the Army Air Forces and trained to perform a variety of duties such as ferrying, towing targets, and reconnaissance practice. They were an experimental organization of female pilots that were entering the male dominated sphere of aviation.
"The Ladies of Cochran's Convent: The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII,"
Voces Novae: Vol. 3
, Article 23.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.chapman.edu/vocesnovae/vol3/iss1/23