The Women's Flying Training Detachment


The Women’s Flying Training Detachment was established on November 16, 1942.  Founded by a distinguished aviator, Jacqueline Cochran, the WFTD did numerous tasks. They tested, ferried, and delivered planes.  They also put flying time on new planes, performed check flights, flew searchlight tracking missions, towed targets for gunnery practice, and instructed male pilots.  Later, the WFTD and WAFS were merged into the WASP.

"If a fighting war should (ever again) eventuate, I would… willingly lay aside my manifold civilian obligations…and if necessary, in the lowest rank, crawl across the country on my hands and knees to be of aid to my country."
~Jacqueline Cochran, 1954

Photos from Texas Women's Collection