Another One Passes….

| August 13, 2019 | 6 Comments

A WASP pilot has passed at the tender age of 103. She was one of many women who volunteered for the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, relieving men to duty to the European and Pacific theaters.

From the article: TACOMA, Wash. — Dorothy Eleanor Olsen, a member of a group of civilian volunteers who flew planes across the country during World War II, has died. She was 103.

The News Tribune reports that Olsen died July 23 in University Place, Washington. She flew about 60 missions as part of the 6th Ferry Group of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

WASP members hauled targets for shooting practice and performed other flying duties. WASPs were not recognized as veterans until 1977 under President Jimmy Carter.

Olsen flew about 29 different aircraft. Her favorite was the P-51.

“Mom said the P-38 was an old woman’s plane. She said anybody could fly that,” said her daughter, Julie Stranburg. “She said that the (P-)51, you had to stay on top of that.”

Stranburg said her mother didn’t fly after she and her brother were born and didn’t even think of flying commercial or private planes.

“She said, ‘Why would I want to fly a Cessna when I’ve flown a P-51?’” Stranburg said. – article.

Why, indeed?

Catch the tailwind, Mrs. Olsen. Straight on ’til morning.

Category: Blue Skies, Disposable Warriors, Historical

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Cool Story and linkies Ex! Thanks.

    Bravo Zulu, Godspeed, and Fly Easy Former WASP Dorothy Eleanor (Kocher) Olsen. We Salute your Service to our Country.

  2. Graybeard says:

    Requem in Pace, Ma’am.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    *Slow Salute*

  4. Carlton G Long says:

    Incredible life. RIP.

  5. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Aviatrix.

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