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Chile's first female fighter pilot, a WWII vet, dies at 97

Margot Duhalde, who flew Spitfires in World War II as Chile's first female fighter pilot, has died at the age of 97, the government said Monday. Duhalde smashed gender tradition in Chile by learning to fly at age 16. Years later, she answered the call of French President Charles de Gaulle to fight the Nazis. A country girl from southern Chile of French Basque ancestry, Duhalde became her country's first female pilot -- and the only woman aviator to join the Free French Forces of de Gaulle's government in exile.
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