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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.

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.

Debbie began earning her flight certificates in high school and finished them in college at Texas A&M University. She earned her CFI and CFII directly after and later earned her jet ratings and Air Transport Pilot certificate. She has been an on-demand charter pilot, and now tours with the CAF B-29.

Debbie Travis King (right) and WASP  Dora Dougherty aboard the Commemorative Air Force’s FIFI, one of two airworthy B-29s in the world.

 

The CAF AirPower History Tour will be in Dallas May 18 – 21.

Visit here for more information about the tour:  www.airpowertour.org

The WASP Squadron will be presenting, for the first time, in the education section of the CAF HQ Hangar at Dallas Executive Airport under the leadership of our adjutant officer, Lisa Foster (sometimes known as Rosie the Riveter). In addition to presenting the WASP story, there will be a WASP Studio with vintage WASP apparel, posters and photo cutout boards. All of these are for touching, trying on and creating “selfies” both in the studio and in an airplane just outside the hangar. We will need aircraft docents to explain the airplane’s role with regard to the WASP and basic information about flight characteristics, control surfaces, etc. There will also be an area where visitors can write a letter to a WASP.

Will you be in the area? Want to be one of the WASP presenters (a script will be available)? Could you assist in the WASP Studio or with the airplane? Please let Lisa retsoflm@yahoo.com what part you’d like to play!

We need volunteers to do a number of things: 

1) Help us set up the exhibits Thursday afternoon (May 18).

2) Greet our visitors and facilitate their involvement at our stations. (Friday through Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 in 3 hour shifts.) 

3) Tell stories/educate visitors about the WASP. (Friday through Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 in 3 hour shifts.) 

4) Help us tear down the exhibits Sunday afternoon 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Please tell us your area of interest, what days and times you are available, and your primary phone number. We will be back with you shortly with your “assignment.”  Do you have questions? Good ideas? Contact Ellie at waspsquadronxo@att.net or Lisa at retsoflm@yahoo.com.

Recognizing that you may not be local, but are part of a widely distributed Squadron,

please be assured we will take pictures, using scripts, and videoing all that is happening.

We are excited about this event and look forward to working together with all of you to make it a big success! 

 

NEWSLETTERS

CAF WASP SQUADRON MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER 

CAF WASP SQUADRON MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER 

 

WASP Squadron Library

The WASP Story

RiseAbove Guiding Principles

Storytelling by Keegan Chetwynd

 

CAF WASP SQUADRON LEADERSHIP

Squadron Leader: Debbie King waspsquadron@gmail.com
Executive Officer: Ellie Dana waspsquadronxo@att.net
Finance Officer: Beth Jenkins bajpca@gmail.com
Adjutant Officer: Lisa Foster retsoflm@gmail.com
Maintenance Officer: Don Obreiter obreiter@cableone.net
Squadron Historian: Elaine Webb webb.belaine@gmail.com
Public Information Officer: Kim Pardon pardonb29@gmail.com
Education Officer Sarah Zimmerman twizzybeth@gmail.com