A celebrated female WW2 pilot dies at 100-years-old

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Dawn Seymour, World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), tours the flight deck of a 445th Airlift Wing C-5 Galaxy aircraft. (Senior Airman Mikhail Berlin/Air Force photo)

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. — A 100-year-old woman honored at a New York air show last weekend for her World War II service as a civilian pilot flying military aircraft has died.

According to her obituary posted on the Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home website, Dawn Seymour died Tuesday at her home in the Finger Lakes region.

The Rochester native earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1939. During WWII she served with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, known as WASPs. Seymour and her fellow WASPs flew bombers and other warplanes in the U.S. to free up male pilots for combat service overseas.

In 2010, the WASPs were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, among the nation’s highest civilian honors.

Seymour was among the female aviators honored during the National Warplane Museum air show in nearby Geneseo.

 

Below is an interview with Seymour from 1989:

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