Women’s Flight Training Detachment Takes To The Sky

November 17, 1942 The first class of the Army Air Corps’ Women’s Flight Training Detachment (WFTD) began their twenty three week training program at Howard Hughes Field in Houston, Texas. The women tested and ferried planes, towed targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice, and trained male cadet pilots. They were never issued uniforms, had to provide their own housing, and did not receive government benefits.