WWII WASP turns 100

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:09pm

Mayme Tanner, one of the military's few female pilots during World War II, celebrates her 100th birthday. Syan Rhodes reports.

(KPRC) Mayme Tanner at 100 years old is one of the few surviving members of the women's Air Force service pilots known as WASPs.

During World War II, the WASPs became the first women ever selected and trained to fly military airplanes.

Tanner was up for the challenge.

"The freedom it offered, getting in an airplane taking off flying anywhere you wanted to go. I just enjoyed flying around and looking at the scenery," she says.

For her birthday, family and her nursing home didn't just organize a party. They created a mobile museum that was full of pictures, uniforms and articles filled with details that are fading from Tanner's mind.

But the way her service made her feel, she hasn't forgotten that.

"It was thrilling," she said. "I enjoyed it very much."

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