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

Violet Clara Thurn Cowden

Violet Clara Thurn Cowden Oct. 1, 1916 – April 10, 2011 Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: BT-13, PT-19, AT-6, P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-63 Bases assigned: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.) I thought, “Well, what better way to serve my country than

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Margaret Anne Cook

Margaret Anne Cook June 23, 1918 – Sept. 18, 2010 Class 43-W-3 (Trainee) Margo was born June 23, 1918, in San Antonio, Texas, to Dr. Ernest Dale Cook and Julia Yost Cook. Her family moved to the Los Angeles area

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Mary Louise Bowden Brown

Mary Louise Bowden Brown Class 43-W-4 May 16, 1916- January 29, 2013 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-15, AT-6, C-47, P-39, P-40, P-51, P-63, PQ-8, YPQ-12 Assigned bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) Born May 16, 1916, in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, Louise became interested

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Helen Jean Trench Brown

Helen Jean Trench Brown Class 43-W-4 July 21, 1919 – February 11, 2009 Planes flown: PT-19, AT-6, C-47 Assigned bases: Romulus Army Air Base (Mich.) “Flying became an obsession with me in 1941. Gas rationing was in effect in those

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