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

Margaret Ray Ringenberg

Margaret Ray Ringenberg June 17, 1921-July 28, 2008 Class 43-W-5 Planes flown: PT-17, PT-19, AT-6, B-24, C-45, DC-3, PT-26, L-2, L-4, C-54 Bases assigned: New Castle Army Air Base (Wilmington, Del.) Margaret was introduced to the lure of aviation at an

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Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck  

Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck November 14, 1912 – October 16, 1944 Class 44-W-3 Planes flown: PT-17, BT-13, AT-6 Assigned bases: Dodge City Army Air Base (Kan.) and Shaw Army Air Base (Sumpter, S.C.) Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck was the only Bartholomew County

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Madge Rutherford Minton

Madge Rutherford Minton March 22, 1920 – November 7, 2004 Class 43-W-4 Planes flown: AT-6, B-17, PT-17, P-40, P-47, P-51, P-39 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Madge Rutherford was born in Greensburg, Indiana and raised in St.

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Iris Cummings Critchell

Iris Cummings Critchell December 21, 1920 – Class 43-W-2 Planes flown: BT-13, A-24, C-47, P-51, P-38, P-39, P-40, P-47 Assigned bases: Long Beach Army Air Base (Calif.) Iris Cummings Critchell started flying in 1939 and was the first woman to

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