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

Martha McKenzie Carpenter

Martha McKenzie Carpenter Class 44-W-5 1923 – February 6, 2011 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Napier Army Air Base (Dothan, Ala.) and Tyndall Army Air Base (Panama City, Fl.) WASP Martha

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Elvira Griggs Cardin

Elvira Griggs Cardin Class 43-W-8 August 26, 1913 – November 14th 2008 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, B-26, B-24, L-5, UC-78, A-24, A-25 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Hondo Army Air Field (Tex.), Dodge City Army Air

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Mildred Evelyn Eckert Carder

Mildred Evelyn Eckert Carder Class 44-W-7 July 31, 1921 – Nov. 25, 2015 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10, UC-64, UC-78 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases:  Stuttgart Army Air Base, (Ark.) Born July 31, 1921 in Mason,

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Helen Cannon

Helen Cannon Class 44-W-9 May 16, 1916 – Dec. 25, 2009 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-24, B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Luke Field (Goodyear, Ariz.) Helen was born May 16, 1916, in Cameron, Wis., to

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