Aviation Week!


We’re going to round out the month of October here at the Hinges of History blog with a look at WAVES in aviation.

This photo is of an unidentified WAVE sitting in the “cockpit” of a Link trainer, which was used to train Navy pilots in the skills of instrument flight.

It comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

“Where Did You Get That Hat?”


This is one of our favorite color photographs of the WAVES, showing women trying on the new overseas hat at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The hat would be a uniform addition (the “bucket” style hat would also remain an option during World War II), bu the overseas hat would eventually become the sole uniform standard for Navy women in the post-war years.

The photograph comes from the National Archives.