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

Hazel Wilfred Pracht Caldwell

Hazel Wilfred Pracht Caldwell Class 43-W-4 July 29,1918 – Feb. 3, 2013 Planes flown: B-25 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) and La Junta Army Air Field

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Sylvia Miller Reich Burrill

Sylvia Miller Reich Burrill Class 44-W-7 1924 – August 10, 2009 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, BT-15, AT-6, AT-7, PT-19 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Enid Army Air Base (Okla.) and Randolph Army Air Base (San Antonio, Tex.)

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Mary H. Burke

Mary H. Burke Class 43-W-7 December 26, 1913 – September 7, 1991 Planes flown: B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Hondo Army Air Field (Tex.) and Kingman Army Air Base (Kingman, Az.) From her own words p 235

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Phyllis Burchfield Fulton

Phyllis Burchfield Fulton WAFS, Class “The Originals” June 15, 1911 –  June 21, 2012 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, A-20, B-24 Training Location: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Assigned Bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) and

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