I have the honor and privilege to escort two former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from Denver to this year's WASP reunion on May 29.
We'll fly my Piper Arrow to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, site of the National WASP World War II Museum and where many of the WASP received their initial flight training in 1943 and 1944. Thanks to Jan McKenzie of the Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines for sponsoring our trip.
The WASP Museum has scheduled events throughout the day to honor our nation's military aviatrix pioneers, including:
--A fly-in of modern and vintage aircraft
--A good ol' Texas-style patriotic parade
--Free flights for kids, sponsored by the EAA Young Eagles program
--A luncheon featuring WASP biographer Sara Rickman
--A Meet the WASP panel discussion
--A Dinner & Dance in Hangar One with Dr. Peggy Chabrain, Founder and President of Women in Aviation, International, as guest speaker
You don't have to be a WASP to attend - all activites are open to the public. Click here for more information about this Memorial Day Weekend event.
Author Sarah Rickman has written a couple of non-fiction books about the WASP, as well as a fiction novel. You can go to Powder Puff Pilot to purchase autographed copies.