A Show Of Force

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[Washington, D.C.; July 1. Image via The Official White House Photostream]

President Barack Obama with WASP pilots Elaine Danforth Harmon, left, Bernice Falk Haydu and Lorraine H. Rodgers, right, after signing S.614, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots, in the Oval Office Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was established during World War II, and from 1942 to 1943, more than a thousand women joined, flying sixty million miles of non-combat military missions. Of the women who received their wings as Women Airforce Service Pilots, approximately 300 are living today. Also pictured are active duty US Air Force pilots and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Bluenose sailor

I know these women are American, but yesterday was Canada Day, and because I suspect Canada's female air force members faced the same difficulties as the WASPs, I give you one of my favourite Heritage Minutes, Marion Orr: