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.

Archive images courtesy of The WASP Archive, The TWU Libraries’ Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

WASP Profiles

Mildred “Micky” Axton

Mildred “Micky” Axton WASP, Class 43-W-7 Axton was one of the first three Women Airforce Service Pilots to be trained as a test pilot and was the first woman to fly a B-29. January 8, 1919 – February 6, 2010

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Meriem Lucille Roby Anderson

WASP Class 44-W-4 “I was crazy about flying and as a little kid, even through grade school, I built model planes.”   July 12, 1921 – January 5, 2018 Anderson was born July 12, 1921, in Eureka. Her parents –

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Dawn Seymour

Dawn Seymour Class 43-W-5   “I wanted to serve my country in a very active way.”- Dawn Seymour   Dawn Seymour graduated Cornell University in the Class of 1939. She was 22 years old, and while she had not had

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Florence G. “Shutsy” Reynolds

Florence G. “Shutsy” Reynolds Class 44-W-5   Reynolds, though she does not fly anymore, is often awakened by dreams where she is back in the sky, at the controls of a military airplane, remembering the WASP motto, “We live in

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