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Women Airforce Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.) Documentary World Premieres at the 2017 Orlando Film Festival

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The long-anticipated WASP: A Wartime Experiment in Womanpower, a documentary about female pilots during World War II, held its world premiere at The Cobb Theaters during the 2017 Orlando Film Festival Sunday evening.

 

“This film was in production for over 10 years,” director and Valencia College teacher Jon Anderson told Florida National News.

According to Wikipedia, W.A.S.P. (Women Air Force Service Pilots) was a pioneering organization of civilian female pilots employed to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

The female pilots of the WASP ended up numbering 1,074, each freeing a male pilot for combat service and duties. They flew over 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft.

The WASPs were later honored in Washington D.C. for their valiant service. During his presidency, Jimmy Carter officially recognized the WASPs as military veterans in 1977, and in 2009 then president Barack Obama awarded them with the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Willie David is Publisher of Florida National News. | news@floridanationalnews.com

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