CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP is dedicated to honoring the WASP of World War II for their courage and determination to serve our country. The CAF RISE ABOVE educational outreach program shares this story with others to inspire them to rise above their own obstacles. The program brings the remarkable history and legacy of the WASP to new audiences of all ages across the country to demonstrate that, in the face of any adversity, one can be successful if they respond to challenges with courage, intelligence and perseverance.

This group of heroic Americans exhibited tremendous bravery and determination in the face of many who felt women could not do what was then considered a man’s job. Despite the obstacles and disapproval of others, these women forged ahead and served with tremendous distinction in the U.S. Army Air Corp.

a Wishing Well WASP 2017

We invite you take a deeper dive to learn more about the remarkable WASPs, and be inspired to tap into the ability within yourself to overcome barriers and find success.

Unless noted otherwise, archive images courtesy of The WASP Archive, The TWU Libraries’ Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

The CAF WASP Squadron

In addition to CAF RISE ABOVE WASP, the CAF has a separate squadron that honors the WASP. 

The Squadron operates the AT-6 “Nella”. She appears with the AirPower History Tour, WASP Homecoming, selected events, offers rides as well as training time for those qualified. The Squadron Education efforts involve classes as well as event appearances, following a specified Curriculum based on the SPUNKY guidelines for success.

For details of the CAF WASP Squadron, please visit: CAFWaspSquadron.org

WASP Profiles

Catherine Parker Chatham

Catherine Parker Chatham 1921 –  August 25, 2016 Class 44-W-9 Planes flown: PT-17. BT-13 Bases served: Marana Army Air Field (Ariz.) Catherine Parker Chatham was a lifetime resident of Bryan, Texas, and her ancestors were among the first European settlers

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Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon Brown

Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon Brown November 3, 1922 – February 19, 2012 Class 44-W-9 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Bases served: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon was born in Tampico, Mexico on November 3, 1922 to

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Rosa Charlyne Crege

Rosa Charlyne CregeDec. 24, 1918 – Jan.1, 2005Class 44-W-10Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6Bases served: Waco Army Air Field (Tex.) Charlyne was born Rosa Charlyne Creger in Noble, Oklahoma to Charles and Rosa Creger on Dec. 24, 1918. Her father was

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Margaret “Maggie” Gee

Margaret “Maggie” Gee August 5, 1923 – February 1, 2013 Class 44-W-9 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10, B-17, B-26, P-39 Bases served: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.), Las Vegas Army Air Field (Nev.) “My heroes were Amelia Earhart and Charles

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