Faribault airport honors female WWII pilot

Faribault airport honors female WWII pilot

FARIBAULT, Minn. - The City of Faribault has named its local airport field in honor of a remarkable World War II veteran and pilot.

The Faribault Municipal Airport field officially became the Liz Wall Strohfus Field on Saturday.

Strohfus was a member of Women's AirForce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. After a time spent training fighter pilots, she spent her life advocating for women, and specifically female veterans.

In her 90s, Strohfus worked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to pass a law that allows WASP members to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. She has received two Congressional medals, and traveled to 37 states telling her story.

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Strohfus died in April 2016 at the age of 96.

The dedication ceremony Saturday included a visit from Klobuchar, and a fly-in of a restored replica of the exact BT-13 that Strohfus flew.

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