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This Commemorative Air Force Squadron’s Mission is to carry the Legacy of the WASP to the youth of the USA, through Outreach Education and public appearances, often accompanied by the Squadron’s AT-6 (advanced trainer used at Avenger Field in Sweetwater TX during the training of the WASP). The Newsletters below are references for all of the activity that takes place, plus articles of interest. Enjoy!

Squadron AT-6, affectionately called “Nella”, with WASP Jane Doyle in the rear seat.

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NEWSLETTERS

CAF WASP SQUADRON FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP Squadron August 2017 NEWSLETTER

CAF WASP SQUADRON JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

CAF WASP SQUADRON MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER 

 

As noted by historian James Baldwin, “History does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us. . .and history is literally present in all that we do.”  The mission of the CAF WASP Squadron is to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots and use their history to inspire young people to overcome current day challenges to achieve their dreams; to make the WASP history part of everything they wish to achieve. The CAF RISE ABOVE educational initiative will encourage students to utilize six guiding principles: Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use your Brain, Never Quit, Be Ready to Go, and Expect to Win.  The WASP Squadron delivers these principles in curriculum titled be SPUNKY : be Self confident, Positive, Unstoppable, Nice, Knowledgeable, Yourself

Engineering test pilots: Doris Burmeister Nathan, 44-W-1; Elizabeth V. Chadwick Dressler, 43-W-8, Dorothy Dodd Eppstein, 44-W-1, Helen Skjersaa, 43-W-8
North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell medium bomber  (U.S. Air Force)

THEN and NOW

Dora Dougherty, one of 2 WASP who flew the B-29, when asked about flying it  said she was concerned her hand wasn’t big enough to cover 4 throttles and she wasn’t strong enough to hold the controls. She tried, she succeeded. She reported that the B-29 was “the smoothest plane. . .” Dora also said with a grin, “It was so easy even a woman could do it.”

Debbie Travis King, the only woman in the world since 1943 authorized to fly the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, is seen here with Dora Dougherty aboard the Commemorative Air Force’s FIFI, one of two airworthy B-29s in the world and the only one that flies regularly.

WASP Squadron Library

The WASP Story https://riseabovewasp.org/the-wasp-story/

Storytelling by Keegan Chetwynd  http://riseabovewasp.org/storytelling-by-keegan-chetwynd/

Media

Pilots/Airplanes/Kids at WASP Reunion 2017 in Sweetwater KTXS

Heather Penney at WASP Reunion 2017 in Sweetwater KTXS

CAF WASP SQUADRON LEADERSHIP

Squadron Leader: Ellie Dana waspsquadron@att.net
Executive Officer: Lisa Foster waspsquadronxo@att.net
Finance Officer: Beth Jenkins bajpca@gmail.com
Adjutant Officer: ——- retsoflm@gmail.com
Maintenance Officer: Mat Pedron pedacft@centurylink.net
Historian Elaine Webb webb.belaine@gmail.com
Development Officer / Public Information Officer: Kim Pardon pardonb29@gmail.com
Education Officer Sarah Zimmerman twizzybeth@gmail.com
Operations Officer Mark Novak t6_av8r@yahoo.com
Safety Officer Freya Shiller freya767@gmail.com