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Nancy Harkness Love

Year Inducted: 
2008

Nancy Harkness earned her private pilot certificate in 1930 at age 16. By age 19 she had earned her limited commercial and transport licenses. Nancy was one of three women pilots chosen to work for the Airmarking Program in 1935. She married Bob Love in 1936. On September 10, 1942, she was named director of the Army's civilian Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). When Jackie Cochran was named director of all women pilots flying for the Army and changed the name to Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in August 1943, Nancy continued to exercise staff supervision over the WASP ferrying squadrons until deactivation on December 10, 1944. She led a total of 303 women ferry pilots during World War II. She died in 1976.

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