Flora Belle Reece, proudly holding a photo from here days as a WASP, training to be a pilot at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. The aircraft in the photo is a Stearman PT-17 and Flora Belle stands tall, (with female friends also in flight training) in the middle of the second row. Now 89-years-old Flora Belle looks forward to riding in the Rose Parade, January 1, 2014 on a float honoring the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II. (Don Kelsen/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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