Evelyn Sharp, of Ord, Nebraska, earned fame as the world’s youngest commercial pilot. She soloed in 1936 and obtained her commercial license in 1938, then barnstormed Nebraska. In 1942 Sharp joined the Army Air Force’s elite Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). This skilled group of female pilots flew all types of military aircraft from factories to air bases and shipping points, everywhere except combat zones. On April 3, 1944, at the age of twenty-four, Sharp was killed when her P-38 fighter crashed on take-off. She was only three flights away from her fifth rating, the highest then available to women.

 

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