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WASP Newsletter ~ 04/01/47

WASP Newsletter ~ 04/01/47

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Women Airforce Service Pilots
Women Airforce Service Pilots

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Published by: CAP History Library on Oct 26, 2012
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Order of FifjnellaPublisher
Ruth PetryClara Jo StemberActing EditorsThese officers co~pose the ExecutiveCommittee. and are also members of theAdvisory Board.
CrumSecretary-Treasurer"Dodie" I. AspellVice-PresidentHally StiresExecutive-Secretary1947 National Officers 22600 Miles on Floats 4Crash Analysis-Margaret Helburn 6New Grummann 8I Used to be an Instructor N. Baker 10Public RelationsPutting Our Best Foot ForwardGloria Heath 12It's a Plane Fact- Whodunnit 12Wasps in the News 12Women's Aviation Convention-Texas 1)Women in Aviation as a Career 1)WOQen's Air Speed Mark Set 14Ninety-Niner
s Air Sho,,! 14National Air Races-Marge Hurlburt 151943. 1944 Classes 16Cupid's Log Book-Mr.Stork's also 17
lished bi-monthly bY'the Order
Fifinella. 1his organization wasformed prior to the inactivation ofthe Women's Airforce Service PilotPr~ramt Decembe r 20 t 1944. It islegally incorporated under the eor-porate seal of California. Thispublication is devoted primarilywith the activities of the WASPsand other pertinent informationregarding "women in aviation".
Faith F. BuchnerMickie CarmichaelBetty HaasJuanita D. ffilrlbuttMary E. McFaddenElizabeth Watson)Dorothy Avery )IllinoisTexas
New York
San FranciscoWashington. D. C.Los Angeles
" "
Editorial Office417 E. 9th Street
Apt. 14
New York 3. N. Y.
National Ji~~dquart~
3633 Lavell DriveLos Angeles 41. Calif.
Betty Jane Williams. PresidentB,:,tty started in aviation in 1940 wHh the non-college CivilianP~lot Training Program and earned her private pilot's license inJune 1941. competing with some fifty fellows. In 1942 she ~entwith Colonial Airlines as a stewardess. flying between Ne~ Yorkand Montreal. logging some 1000 hours as such in De3s. ThenColonial sent her to Northeast Airlines Pilot Training School atthe University of Vermont. under contract with the Air TransportCommand to become a Link Trainer Instructor. Upon completion ofthis course. she taught AAF officers and l'lTSstndents for one yearat the Colonial's Instnlment Training School at Albany. New Yo~k.She has some 3000 hrnlrs as Link Trainer Instructor. She enteredthe WASPs in January 1944. Upon graduation she was stationed atRandolph Field with the Engineering Department. Since April. 1946she has been a flight and Link Instructor at Westchester CountyAirport. White Plains, New York on a G. I. program.She has been affiliated with the Order of Fifinella since its verybeginning; helping to set up the By-laws and Articles of Incorpora-tion, setting up the Memorial Fund. designing letterheads. ringsand assisting in the entire setting up of the Memorial Fund Articles.Betty was appointed Editor of the Newsletter in 1945 and the Octoberissue of that year was her first edition. She bas compiled andedited all of the following issues. .Irene I. Crum. Secretary-TreasurerIrene started flying on the first day of June. 1935 at Huntington.West Virginia. In August or 1936 she established a World's AltitudeRecord for light planes. or planes in the Fourth Category. flying aC-2 Aeronca Scout. She instructed on the first Civilian Pilot Train-ing Program in Des Moines. Iowa then returned to Huntington. West Va.to continue as a flight instructor and assistant to the airport mana-ger. In the spring of 1941. received a Secondary Instnlctor RefresherCourse at the Curtiss-Wright Airport. Baltimore, Maryland. Havingcompleted this Crnlrse. she went to the Stewart Airport, Parkersburg.West Virginia. as chief pilot and assistant to the airport manager.While there she received a scholarship to the Link Factory. in Bing-hamton. New York. Was one of the first three girls to he given theLink Trainer Instructor's Course here in the United States. Returnedto Parkersburg, West Virginia to set up a Type
" A "
Training Centerwhere they had every phase of training including an Inter-AmericanProgram in which they trained a n~lMber of boys from all parts of SouthAmerica. At the close of the Civilian Pilot Training Program she wentto Sweetwater. Texas to become a WASP. Having completed her trainingthere she ~s sent to Pecos Army Air Base, Pecos. Texas. as a twin-engine test pilot. returning to Sweetwater. for the Advanced InstrumentCourse; then back to Pecos. to serve as test pilot and do administra-tive flying until deactivation.
After fourteen short weeks at Coral Gables. Florida, where Irene learn-
ed to speak the Portuguese Language. she headed South of the Border to 'serve the Brazilian Government for a year as Aviation Technician. 'Arrived back in God's Country last year just in time for the First ~ASpiReunion!!! When she learned of her election to the office of National;Secretary-Treasurer of the Order of Fifinella she came to California 'to assist in plans for 1947.

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