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And i don't mean airborne bugs the sting you know during world war two our military needed pilots and being a pilot was considered a man's job but we ran out of men so our military created the wasp program that's women airforce service pilots and jane doyle was one i guess she's still is one welcome to frontlines of freedom jane thank you has i'm so alive and i've been telling my story because i'd like people to know more about the las they're not too much was known about for quite a long time and gentlemen just recently there's been quite a few things about veterans and about the west so i'm anxious to tell my story why sharded by jack hancock on eighteen thirty eight that president roosevelt decided that we needed more pilots and so he started that civilian pilot training program and that was for students in colleges and universities across the country has started out just three to the major universities and then it spread to even the smaller lines and in the summer of nineteen forty rapids community college which is now was his junior college at that time received the grant to have the program in the summer of nineteen forty i happen to be a student there and just before the end of my first year and i was in an engineering going classroom the instructor came in and told about the program to train pilots and so after the class was over i went until asked him about women pilots because at that time it was just mostly that men that were able to sign up and he said well there could be one woman trevor nine men so i said well i'd like to apply for so i did and i passed physical and wasn't exception that some of nineteen forty so that's some early head ground school had community college and that was in the morning and the afternoon my out of the kent county airport and we had seventy hours a ground school terrorism ca it was still there now that's already at that time and so it was we had scroll for realism relations regarding pilots and fine and then when they afternoons we went out to the kent county airport and had are fine instruction three different groups so there were ten men and myself and mine coupe and never ten and to other groups and i was at central air service which was on the one side of the interest to the kent county airport are their hair show which was on the other side there were two other girls that had signed up and they were in that program at northern air service and for some reason they didn't pass the test so how is the only one who finished that summer and got my private licence jane were you always interested in flying or is that something that just struck you as something interesting when you heard the opportunity well it was something i was interested in what i heard the opportunity and i think maybe way back when i saw lindberg and when he came to grand rapids and wrong way car gone and i had heard about the different mayor harden jacqueline kakuta different ones and and so i thought maybe that sorta influence that i really didn't think about as time just more of that when i heard about the program i thought well that's something i'd like to try and do so i applied and and i did finish that summer when opportunity knocks and you answer the door neat things can happen and that's what happened you heard something cool this is colonel denny gillerman frontlines of freedom and we're discussing women airforce service pilots with wasp jane doyle okay jane what exactly did wasps do he had to go through seven months training the same as the the cadets jacqueline cochran it set up that program a general arnold before that there was chuckling cock on nazi love.

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