Ann Baumgartner, Jet Propelled

October 14, 1944 WASP test pilot Ann Baumgartner became the first woman to fly a jet when she piloted a Bell YP-59A. Young Baumgartner was first inspired to fly when Amelia Earhart spoke at her elementary school. She graduated from Smith College and worked as a reporter for the New York Times before joining the WASPs.


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