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The First of the First: A WASP Anniversary Tale

During World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) became the first women to fly America’s military aircraft. But these air-minded pilots didn’t take to the sky all at once. Some paved the way as the first of the first.   Mary Lou Colbert Neale became the first pilot that WASP Director Jackie Cochran selected for class 43-W-1—the new program’s first official class. Of special note, Mary Lou made a significant impact on the ability for women to access pi... Read More
Posted by Euan Simpson at Wednesday, Mar 29, 2023

Women’s History at the Air Zoo: Cool!

Recently, a fourth grader on an Air Zoo fieldtrip admired our P-40 Warhawk with his friends on the mezzanine. After examining the historic pink plane hanging in our atrium, he turned to see that same plane flying in a nearby video. He looked back at the airplane, then back at the video screen, and anyone lucky enough to be near saw (and heard) when he made the connection. “Hey!” he shouted, “That’s the same plane! That’s that lady’s plane!” He sprang ... Read More
Posted by Euan Simpson at Friday, Feb 24, 2023

Exclusive Exhibit Daughters of the Sky Comes in for a Landing in our East Wing

It is with great pride that we officially announce the opening of a wonderful new and exclusive exhibit meant to honor and raise awareness of the Women Airforce Service Pilots—the WASP. Opening the first week of September 2022, Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII tells the stories of the daring and determined women who answered the call when asked to fill the training, towing, and ferrying roles that would release male pilots to train for combat. Another in... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Aug 26, 2022


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