The answer is Veronica Lake. I was also gonna use the following clues:
-4 feet 11 inches tall. Did she use a pillow to see out the windshield of that airplane?
-A comic book character was given a similar name in her honor. ("Archie's" Veronica Lodge).
-A character in an animated movie was a melding of Veronica and Rita Hayworth. (Jessica Rabbit)
-The U.S. Government asked her to change her hair style as a precaution in order to protect women who were increasingly replacing men in factories. (And she did).
This tiny beauty is just another of those that went to Hollywood, then died much too young under strange circumstances. But I too was surprised to find she had gotten her pilot's license.
-Born in 1922 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Birthdate sometimes listed as 1919.)-Died in 1973-Became a pilot in 1946.-Flew, at least once, cross country from L.A. to New York in a light plane.-Considered "difficult to work with" on the set, it's now generally thought this celebrity was a paranoid schizophrenic. -BLONDE HAIR.