Betty Blake

Betty Blake was one of the original Women Air Force Service Pilots (or WASPs) to serve the United States during WWII.

From Honolulu, Blake trained in a J3, earning free flight time by working at a local airport and, later, flying tourists around the islands in open cockpit planes.

She married an ensign stationed aboard the battleship California that was sunk at Pearl Harbor. The two returned to the states, where she served in the Ferry Command, operating everything form L5s to B-17s and B-24s.

Her favorite plane was the P-51, a number of which she ferried to Alaska for Russian pilots, who flew them to Russia to fight against the Germans.

Her time now is spent giving talks at clubs, for the Air Force and in schools. She also enjoys writing articles and fiction and having fun with her four dogs and horses.