Sunday, August 30, 2009

WASP interviewed today in San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune has published a cover story today featuring interviews with two WASP of World War II Joyce: Sherwood Secciani and Vivian Eddy, (as well as Amy Goodpaster Strebe, the author of Flying for Her Country: The American and Soviet Women Military Pilots of World War II.

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/aug/30/winged-victory/?features&zIndex=157507


For Joyce Secciani, who used to dream about flying, it was as if it was in their blood. And being part of the WASP during World War ll was an ideal way for them to do what they loved most. (Laura Embry / Union-Tribune) - For Vivian Eddy, who used to dream about flying, it was as if it was in their blood. And being part of the WASP during World War ll was an ideal way for them to do what they loved most.

Joyce Secciani also expressed her love of flying through her art talent, sculpting and bronzing wooden figurines of a WASP pilot.

At 88, Vivian Eddy still rails loudly about the disbanding of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots). It was a program through which she and more than 1,000 other women made a lasting if little-mentioned mark on World War II and U.S. combat aviation.

“I thought it was the nastiest thing they (Army Air Forces officials) could have done to us,” Eddy says while receiving visitors at her home in Coronado. “They fired us. They gave our jobs to Air Force men who didn't want to go overseas. I would have gone overseas in a minute — I was a (heck of) a good fighter pilot.”


See link for complete article.

And check out the various books on the WASP (perfect role models for today's girls and women. Give them a flight plan!:







And let's not forget that African American women pilots would have loved to serve their country as well, but integration would not occur until the 1950s...


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