Elizabeth “Kit” MacKethan Magid, a World War II pilot and poet, died on March 23 of cancer. She was 86.
Magid was one of only 1,074 who earned their wings as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Because women were not allowed to fly in combat, she was assigned to ferry planes needing repairs between U.S. military bases.
The WASP program was deactivated in 1944, and Magid became as a White House aide. She married “Skid” Magid, a fellow Air Force pilot, raised a son and spent many years working as a freelance writer for magazines like Family Circle and Boys’ Life.
Thirty-eight female pilots and trainees died during World War II, including Magid’s best friend Marie Michell Robinson. To honor her memory, Magid wrote the poem, “Celestial Flight,” which has become a staple at funerals for WASP veterans. She read the piece for “Women of Courage,” a 1993 PBS documentary about the WASP program.