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

Mary Reineberg Burchard

Mary Reineberg Burchard February 29, 1916 – January 28, 2012 Class 44-W-6 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Marana Army Air Field (Ariz.) Mary Reineberg Burchard was a test pilot with the Women

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Betty June Deuser-Budde

Betty June Deuser-Budde Class 43-3 August 15, 1920 – October 13, 2014 Planes flown: BT-13, BT-14, PT-19, AT-6, A-24, A-25, B-34, PQ-8, UC-78 Training Location: Houston Municipal Airport (Tex.) and Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Love Field (Dallas, Tex.)

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Ruth Humphryes Brown

Ruth Humphryes Brown Class 43-W-8 November 11, 1921 – December 30, 2010 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6, AT-11, B-26 Training Location: Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.) Assigned bases: Childress Army Air Field (Tex.) and Harlingen Army Air Field (Tex.) “I heard

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Katherine Applegate Keeler Dussaq

Katherine Applegate Keeler Dussaq One of the 38 Women Airforce Service Pilots killed in service to her country. Class: 44-W-1 Born:  March 14, 1905 in Dayton WA Died: Nov. 26, 1944 Non-battle air crash near New Castle Ohio Planes flown:

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