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 our series of Air Zoo original exhibits, Daughters of Sky explores the WASP experience from its inception to its disbandment and offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of the women who flew 78 types of aircraft over 60 million domestic miles to support the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) while waiting decades for military recognition. Find out who was eligible to apply for the program—and who was not. See artifacts related to Fifinella, find out which iconic artist created her, and learn how she became the WASP mascot. Get to know the names of the 38 WASP who gave their lives during service to their country.

We are especially proud of the opportunity to highlight one beloved WASP, our co-founder, Sue DeLano Parish (44-W-6), who graduated with the sixth WASP class of 1944. Her WASP journey, from first hearing “you’re too young!” from program director, Jackie Cochran, to rejection letters from major airlines (“sorry, but we don’t hire women pilots”) composes a vital through line in this all-new look at the WASP. We are also thrilled to premiere a WASP first at the Air Zoo—a digital database teeming with WASP details, photos, and stories! Through artifacts, archives, and photographs from the Air Zoo’s Collection, learn how these hardworking daughters of the sky forever changed women’s aviation history.

Find Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII on display in our East Wing. Our former WASP space, known as the WASP Room, is now our Activity Room.

Posted by Nikki Statler at 7:00 AM
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