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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.
WASP Squadron Library
The WASP Story
RiseAbove Guiding Principles
Storytelling by Keegan Chetwynd
CAF WASP SQUADRON LEADERSHIP
|Squadron Leader:||Debbie Kingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Executive Officer:||Ellie Danaemail@example.com|
|Finance Officer:||Beth Jenkinsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Adjutant Officer:||Lisa Fosteremail@example.com|
|Maintenance Officer:||Don Obreiterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Squadron Historian:||Elaine Webbemail@example.com|
|Public Information Officer:||Kim Pardonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Education Officer||Sarah Zimmermanemail@example.com|