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

Betty June “BeeJay” Overman Brown

Betty June “BeeJay” Overman Brown June 18, 1923 – Dec. 12, 2015 Class 44-W-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Aloe Army Air Field (Victoria, Tex) “Follow your dreams!  You’re capable of doing it, if you want it hard

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Blanche Osborn Bross

Blanche Osborn Bross 1916–2008 Class 43-W-6 Planes flown: B-17 and B-24 Assigned bases: Buckingham Army Air Field (Fort Myers, Fla.) Lockbourne Army Air Base (Columbus, Ohio) Blanche Osborn Bross was among 1,074 women who flew for the Women’s Air Force

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Adaline Alma Blank Olshock Beard

Adaline Alma Blank Olshock Beard August 17, 1917 – July 6, 2001 WASP Class 43-8 Planes flown: PT-19, BT-13, AT-6 Bases served: Hondo Army Air Field (Tex.) and Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) July 8, 1943 Dearest Sis, Kindly

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Dora Dougherty Strother

Dora Dougherty Strother WASP, Class 43-W-3 November 27, 1921- November 19, 2013 Dora Jean Dougherty Strother, also known as Dora Dougherty McKeown or Dora Strother McKeown, is best known as a Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and B-29 Superfortress demonstration

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