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About CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP

The Commemorative Air Force’s Rise Above Program provides young people with real-world examples of how courage, self confidence and perseverance can allow them to triumph over the adversity they face in their own lives. The upcoming CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP will tell the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and their journey to become the first women to fly American Military Airplanes.

CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP will bring the remarkable history and legacy of the WASP to audiences of all ages, across the United States. Demonstrating that one can be successful, by remembering the principles embodied by the WASP.

Aim High The women who would become the WASP dreamed of flying, even when their enthusiasm was met with laughter and dismissal. These women would make their dreams come true by working hard, overcoming each challenge on the way to their higher goal – Women, flying military airplanes.
Believe in Yourself Even though the world around them told would-be-WASP that “flying was not for girls,” they knew that deep down inside, it is what they wanted to do – and they believed in their ability to do it. Self Confidence allowed them to succeed.
Use Your Brain Many of the women who would later become WASP had studied aviation extensively when they were young. Checking out books on aviation from local libraries, and even obtaining flying lessons for themselves. This allowed them to excel at the tests they had to pass to enter the WASP program.
Never Quit The WASP would find that even after being accepted to train – they would still have to prove themselves. Challenge after challenge was thrown towards these young women, and even though they had to prove themselves over and over again, they learned that perseverance was key to achieving their dreams.
Be Ready to Go When America was attacked at Pearl Harbor, male pilots were called overseas to fight, even though Women were now called to serve, the WASP program could only accept women who already had some flight training – so only those women who had been prepared their dream would have the opportunity to do so.
Expect to Win Because of the challenges they all shared, the WASP became a tight knit group of women who supported each other – and knew that together they could overcome whatever was thrown their way. Even after the war, when the WASP campaigned for recognition, they knew that by working together, they could expect to win.

By using a unique blend of theatrical story telling and immserive experience, CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP is able to take young people back in time, so that they can live key moments in the WASP journey. Including a flight in a World War II airplane!

While the experience will address a broad audience it is designed to achieve particular resonance with young women, who will share the experience and leave the theater thinking, “If the WASP could do it, so can I!”

About The Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying museum. The organization is dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition, Education and Remembrance. To accomplish this, the CAF collects, restores and flies World War II aircraft.

Established as a non-profit organization nearly 60 years ago, the CAF has been taking the airplanes to the people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. For decades the CAF has produced many aviation events across the country, including the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, which annually attracts more than 90 thousand spectators and was the 2015 Airshow of the Year.

The CAF is operated by a dedicated group of volunteer-members, which today, consists of more than 12,000 people. These members maintain and operate a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, or to become involved visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

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