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 WASP, 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

Betty C. Tackaberry Blake

Betty C. Tackaberry Blake October 29, 1920 – April 9, 2015 Class: 43-W-1 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) Assigned Bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Planes flown: B-17, B-24, B-26, C-21, Cessna 170, DC-3, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-51,

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Margaret Ann Hamilton Tunner

Margaret Ann Hamilton Tunner September 3, 1917 – October 13, 2009 Class: 43-W-2 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) Assigned Bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) Planes flown: P-47, P-51, P40, P-63, P-39, DC-3, B-17, B-24 Born on September 3,

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Virginia Streeter Cutler

Virginia Streeter Cutler November 10, 1913 – December 11, 1978 Class:  43-W-5 Dates: March 26, 1943-September 11, 1943 Number of Trainees: 124 trainees, 85 graduates Training Location: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas This was the first class to enter and complete all their training at

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Mary Barnes Sturdevant

Mary Jean Barnes Sturdevant September 28, 1921 – June 24, 2017 Class: 44-W-7 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned Bases: Merced Army Air Field (Calif.) Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Mary Barnes Sturdevant was born in Bend, Oregon. Mary

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