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

Hazel Ah Ying Lee

Hazel Ah Ying Lee Class 43-W-4 August 24, 1912 – November 25, 1944 Hazel Ah Ying Lee was born in Portland, Oregon on August 24, 1912 to Chinese immigrant parents. Hazel learned to fly when she was a teenager working

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Frances Ellis Winter Brookings

Frances Ellis Winter Brookings July 2 1917 – April 12, 2018 Class 44-W-7 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, AT-10 Assigned bases: Columbus Army Air Field (Miss.) Frances was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1917, the fourth child and third daughter

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Eleanor J. Patterson Brady

Eleanor J. Patterson Brady July 6, 1924 – April 8, 1963 Class 44-W-2 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6, B-17, B-24, C-47, C-53 Assigned bases: Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) Gowen Army Air Base (Boise, Idaho) Smoky Hill Army Air

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Frankie Inez Yearwood

Frankie Inez Yearwood July 10, 1921- May 30, 2010 Class 44-W-10 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13. AT-6 Assigned bases: Foster Army Air Field (Victoria, Tex.) Frankie Inez Yearwood was, quite literally, the last WASP on record. A member of the Women Airforce

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