WASP - The Story Of The First Women Pilots

Establishment and Support of the WASP Program

  • WASP program created in 1943
  • Acronym for Women Air Force Service Pilots
  • Initiated due to the need for non-combat pilots during WWII
  • Supported by Jacqueline Cochran and Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Eleanor Roosevelt advocated for women's involvement in aviation

Duties and Achievements of the WASP

  • Flew over 60 million miles during WWII
  • Operated every type of aircraft used by the Army Air Force
  • Delivered more than 12,000 aircraft to bases across the nation
  • Participated in various types of missions, excluding combat
  • Made significant contributions to the war effort

Challenges Faced by the WASP

  • Initial doubts about women's ability to fly military aircraft
  • Lack of recognition and awareness about the program
  • Disbandment of the program in 1944
  • Disappointment with the Army's decision to recruit and train the first women pilots
  • Efforts by the WASP to prove their status as the first women pilots

Recognition and Veteran Status

  • Barry Goldwater played a role in obtaining veteran status for the WASP
  • WASP provided evidence of their service, including official records and logbooks
  • In 1977, Jimmy Carter signed the law granting veteran status to the WASP
  • Lack of celebration or acknowledgment during the signing
  • Grateful nation remembers the WASP as everyday heroes

Diversity and Dedication of the WASP

  • WASP pilots came from various backgrounds and walks of life
  • Shared goal of serving their country during a critical time
  • Many of the pilots were mothers, daughters, and sisters
  • Proud pilots who made significant sacrifices for their country
  • The WASP's dedication and service are appreciated by the nation

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