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Yesterday’s Air Force: Betty Blake

May 25, 2017

Betty “Tack” Guild earned her pilots license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the University of Hawaii. She was a civilian inter-island tour/ferry pilot in Hawaii in 1941.

She was a member of the first Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) graduating class during World War II. The WASPS flew aircraft ferrying/delivery missions, towed aerial targets, and some even participated in flight testing and evaluation of advanced jet and rocket-powered aircraft. In performing these missions, the woman effectively replaced male pilots, who could be utilized in combat roles. During her service, Betty flew all types of fighters, bombers, and other aircraft from factories to the East Coast for trans-Atlantic delivery, 36 types of aircraft in all.

She passed away on April 9, 2015 at age 94.

View her story on this Yesterday’s Air Force video

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