Monday, March 30, 2009

News From Hangar One

I received my Hangar One News newsletter today, from the National WASP WWII Museum. (They're located in Sweetwater, Texas, and will be another stop on my museum tour during my drive across America this summer.)

It's a four page newletter, full-color photos.

Top news was Women in Aviation Day, 2009, which was apparently commemorated on March 7. (March is Women's History Month, I believe, but it gets a lot less press than other history months...)

Anyway, the Museum commemorated the day the first WASP trainees arrived at Avenger Field with a Women inAviation Day brunch, open house, and Young Eagle's flights, provided by the Abilene chapter of the EAA.

Hangar One - where the WASP museum is, on the grounds of an airport, are expanding. The new space will include a visitor's center, museum store, eduucational center, theatre, and lots of new gallery space. (One wonders if any "Stimuls" money is headed its way. There should be, such money would be much better spent than where 99% of that money appears to be headed...)

A PT-19A - a primary training aircraft - is soon to be on display. It was manufactured in 1944, and sold by the Army as surplus in 1945. The plane is already at the museum, just being made ready...

Homecoming 2009 At Hangar One
Avenger Field, Sweetwater Texas,
Saturday , May 23
Free open house begins at 10 am
Dinner at 7 pm features Major Bridget McNamara, USAF
Tickets are $25 (presumably for dinner!)

1 comment:

Marianne said...

Thanks so much for the publicity here! We are looking forward to welcoming "home" five WASP: Florene Watson, Lois Hailey, Mickey Brown, Mary Vandeventer and Betty Jo Reed. Please join us. Dinner tickets can be purchased by calling me at 325.235.0099.

Marianne Wood
Executive Director