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Cornelia Fort's "ticket" to fly with the WAFS in support of the War Effort.
P-19832 - Miss Cornelia Fort of Nashville, TN, is one of the original group of women pilots to be accepted by the Army Air Forces for ferrying lighter type military aircraft. Miss Fort is 23 years of age and has been flying for three years. (U.S. Air Force Photo)
Interstate Cadet NC37266 - A Pearl Harbor Survivor
Greg Anders with Cadet NC37266 (The Pearl) on location at the Heritage Flight Museum.

Had she not been the first of the WAFS to be killed in service to the US Army Air Corps during World War II, Cornelia Fort would have been an iconic Aviation Heroine from those Golden Years of aviation during and after World War II. Her death in a mid-air collision early in 1943 closed the door on what surely would have been flying legends and adventures as iconic as the adventures of Wiley Post and Pancho Barnes. As it is, Cornelia plunged to her death in the west Texas desert in the wreckage of a BT-13. She was the first of the WAFS killed in the line of service but she did not die before she had a least a few adventures of historical significance. The most significant one occurred when she launched to teach a flying lesson over Pearl Harbor before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As her student was flying the aircraft to the runway at John Rodgers Airfield (now Honolulu International), she had to take control of the aircraft to avoid being rammed by one of the attacking Japanese aircraft. Unlike some of the other seven civilian aircraft flying that morning, she was able to dodge the first near ramming, a subsequent air-to-air strafing pass by another Japanese aircraft, and an air-to-ground strafing pass once she had landed and was exiting her aircraft. She and her student managed to live through the day that claimed the lives of 2,335 US Servicemen (1,177 from the USS Arizona) and 68 civilians, even though the airplane she was flying ended up with several bullet holes in it.