Private N. Idaho Museum to Honor Female Pilots - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Private N. Idaho Museum to Honor Female Pilots

SAGLE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho museum plans to honor women pilots who flew during World War II.

The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center in Sagle will hold the "Women of Courage" event July 17 for Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.

The pioneering women flew aircraft from factories to military bases and also tested planes. The idea was to free up male pilots to fight overseas.

Pam Bird runs the museum with her husband. She says the public event will honor the pilots and recognize all women serving in different ways during the war years.

She says there are only about 400 women left who served as pilots and most are between the ages of 84 and 95.
      

      
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