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:

WASP Profiles

Caro Bayley Bosca

Caro Bayley Bosca March 29, 1922  – September 13, 2007 WASP Class 43-W-7 Planes flown: AT-11, B-25, B-26, P-47 Assigned bases: Mather Army Air Base (Sacramento, Calif.) and Deming Air Field (N. M.) Aviation legend: Set world altitude record in

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Thelma Nadine Harris Bluhm

Thelma Nadine Harris Bluhm January 4, 1922 – April 7, 2005 WASP CLASS 43-W-7 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-15, AT-6 Assigned bases: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Childress Army Air Field (Tex.) Fairfax Army Air Field (Kansas City, Kan.)

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Millicent A. Peterson Young

Millicent A. Peterson Young December 22, 1922 – January 15, 2019 Class 44-W-10 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Bases served:  Aloe Army Air Field (Victoria, Tex) Millicent was born to George and Mary Evision Peterson (of Iowa) near Lodgepole, NE

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Margaret Phelan Taylor

Margaret Phelan Taylor WASP Class 44-W-5 September 20, 1923 – July 1, 2015 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-11 Base assigned: Stockton Army Air Base (Calif.) “I learned to fly to be able to join the WASP…and had to stand up

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