Pilot Mildred "Micky" Axton

Micky Axton's first airplane ride was in a WWI-era Curtiss Jenny biplane when she was ten years old in 1929. Micky graduated from Coffeyville Kansas Senior High School in 1936 and continued her education at Coffeyville Community College, where she took many classes in science, math and physics.

After she graduated from Kansas State University, Micky was selected into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT) at Coffeyville Community College. She was the only woman accepted into her CPT class. She earned her pilot's license through the CPT program in 1940.

Micky received a letter from Jacqueline Cochran, inviting her to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). In 1943, Micky began flight training with the WASPs at Sweetwater, Tex. She graduated from flight training in November 1943 and was assigned to Pecos, Tex. as an engineering test pilot. Micky was responsible for conducting flight tests on repaired aircraft to ensure they were flight worthy.

In March 1944, Micky left the WASPs and returned to Wichita, Kan. to work as a Flight Test Engineer for Boeing Aircraft. On May 4, 1944, Micky became the first female pilot to fly a B-29. When the war ended, Micky returned to teaching. During the war, 38 WASPs died in service to their country.

The Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing in Wichita, Kan. restored a PT-19 primary trainer and named it “Miss Micky“ to honor her service. She is the only WASP to have a restored WW II aircraft named after her.

Micky moved to Eden Prairie, Minn. in 1996 after her husband died. She is a longtime member of the Commemorative Air Force, Minnesota Wing and remains active sharing her memories as a pioneer in aviation.

Women Air Service Pilots receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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