Former WASP Sought a Higher Honor

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During the month of March, the U.S. government honored hundreds of female World War II pilots, otherwise known as the WASPS.

These women flew transport and supply missions at home, freeing up male pilots for combat duty. Hundreds of former WASPS were on hand in Washington, D.C., to receive the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal.

CBN News learned about one WASP who, although she wasn't at the ceremony, accomplished something in life that she felt was far more important.

Betty Greene became one of the founders of Mission Aviation Fellowship.

As the war wound down, Greene joined several American military pilots to pursue the idea of using airplanes to further Christian ministry. Greene flew the first flight for MAF.

She also became the first woman to fly over the Andes Mountains.

Today, the ministry's 58 aircrafts serve in 31 countries, flying missionaries, doctors, medicine, and relief supplies to the mission field.

The group also conducts thousands of medical evacuations in remote areas.

Greene passed away in 1997. But her family said she would have been glad to see the WASPS honored for their service, but would probably have said that her real glory was in her mission work.

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