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ORDER OF FIFINELLA Publisher Betty Jane Williams - President 300 Main Street Apt.5E White Plains, New York "Dodie" I. Aspell - Vice-Pres. 1548 Kelton Avenue Los Angeles 24, California Irene I. Crum - Secretary-Trease 2780 Elmwood Avenue Huntington 2, West Virginia
CONTENTS 1948 Nat'l Officers Airvets Halle Trophy Winner 1947 Reunion Report A Voice is Heard We' Can Get It Wholesale Aviation Television Show Franco Scholarship Texas Chapter A.J.Uay Publishes Book Los Angeles Chapter New York Chapter Washington Chapter International Air Show 1948 Convention New York? Job Opportunities Jean Reimer-VJ-21 Letter from Miss Cochran Tho't You'd Like To Know
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ADVISORY BOARD Faith Buchner Mickie Carmichael Betty Haas Mary McFadden Elizabeth Watson Dorothy Avery Sue Booth Clara Jo Stember Ruth Mary Petry Illinois Texas New York Wash. ,D.C. Los Angeles Los Angeles Indiana Ex-Officio Ex-Officio
Hally Stires - Executive-See'y. NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 3629 Lavell Drive Los Angeles, 41, Calif.
The WASP NEWSLETTER is published bi-monthly by the Order of Fifinella. This organization was formed prior to the inactivation of the Women's Airforce Service Pilot program, December 20, 1944. It is legally incorporated under the coporate seal of the state of California. This publication is devoted primarily to the activities of the WASPs and other pertinent information regarding women in aviation.
EDITORIAL OFFICE 417 E. 9th Street Apt. 14, New York, N.Y.
AIRVETS George Varga, President of the Airvets, and an ex-Hump pilot, has invited all WASPs to jOin this group, which is akin to the Automobile Club. Most people will admit that the Auto Club did much to promote the automotive industry, and so it is hoped that this organization would do a similiar job for the aviation picture. He said the name would soon be changed to better express its purpose, that of raising the standards of courtesy and service received at airports, insisting on reasonable rate policy, dependable mech~nic service, furnish service to' members P..t reduced rutes, eventually have a string of tirparks across the country and perhaps "rent a plane service" where CI pilot might rent 8 pl.me at one end of the country and leave it at t~e other. At present it is a non-profit organization, whose members are veterans .••dues are ten dollars initiation fee, and oae dollar monthly dues or ten dollars a year •• As soon as the auto club aspects materialize, membership would be opened to all ••with veteran and WASP members owning stock and enjoying voting power, the only ones permitted to hold salary paying jobs that would be created. Any plane or airpark would be owned by a member(WASP or veteran) or by the Association. They are handling sales of various publishing firms, if any girl is interested in a sales territory. The Los Angeles Chapter have done all the contacting and for further information write to Mr. George Varga, c/o Airvets Association, 2162 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 26, California. He snoke at their November meeting and invited them'to hold a meeting and barbecue at the Airvets Six S Ranch near Los Angeles.
1948 NAT'L OFFICERS Betty Jnne ','iilliams as been re-elected to the h office of President, having served in such capacity durin~ 1947. Ps you all know she hns been with the organization since its early duys, working eagerly and sincerely in every project. An effective public relations department has been set up in her adminis tration, headed by Gloria Heath, who is at this time concentrating on the International Air Exposition to be held this coming July- August, as well as taking an active part, setting up static exhibits publicizing the girls in their various positions, at various aviation meetings throughout the country. Several projects be given this coming ing our membership, groups, affiliation that were voiced at to which intense interest will year are: Air marking, increastlpro-aviationtl speeches to civic with Wing Scouts, and others the reunion.
A thorough investigation is underway as to the exact situation re: any possibility of G.I. recognition through Congressional flction, at least consideration to those still in need of medical attention. Your president TIishes to express sincere thanks for rc-electing her to office and will try to continue orR~nizntionDl progress, and strength. .
=iss Hazel Raines has been elected to the office of Vice-President. Her merits are well kno~~. She has had an ardent interest ever sinc.e the early days, and has had an active part in the Texas Chapter,this past year. Congratulations Hazell- We are certain that in this office you will do equally as well a job as you do in every thing else.
A LETTER TO YOU It's been a long time since I've heard from you and I'm certainly anxious to get up to date. Came to Chile last September with my new baby boy and little Sue, whom you all know. We spent the first six months in Quintero, a village on the coast, where Col. Fahy conducted an Advanced Training School for Chilean Flyers in B-25s, P-47s and PBY's. We are now in Santiago •••life is really quite nice with a large American colony, many social functions and dependable servants. We expect to stay a year or two more. The climate is supreme. Our house id three blocks from the beautiful Los Leones Golf Club, and Albert won the Chilean "open" tournament in Vina Del Mar last February. Would sure appreciate a letter or two. (s) Natalie Fahy. Miss Irene Crum has been re-elected to the office of Secret~ry-Treasurer for the year of 1948. She has been working on some 8000 item gift and utility business, which will offer <.11 these items to members for •• ole'sl':.le h prices plus a ten per cent to be- placed in the Memorial Fund. Let us back this wholeheartedly.
This poem was written for Marie Kichell Robinaon 44-2, who died in a B-25 crash in CaU/ornia in 1944. '
Elaine Harmon has a new offspring, Jr., born July 12th last. Ruth Hagemann an June 28th. was married to Thomas Robert Brooks Lee ~~eeler
She 18 llOt dead--But only tlying higher, Higher than she's tlown betore, A.nd.arthy limitetions Will hinder her no more. There is no service ceiling, Or any tuel range, And there is no allOx18 , Or need tor engiDII change. Thank God thet IIOW her tlight can be To heights her eyes had ecanned, lhere she can race with oomet., A.ndbuzz the rainbow' e span. For she is uniT.rsal Like courage, loft and hop., A.ndall tree, •••• t emotions ot nst and godly scope. And understand a pilot's Fate I. not the thing he fears, But rather 8l!ldness lett behind, Your heartbree.k and your tears. So all you loved ones, dry your .yes, Yes, it is wrong that you should grin., For she would 10Te your courage mor., And she would WIlntyou to beUe.,. She is not dead • You should han known That Ille is only flying higher, Higher the Ill.'. eTar tlOll1l. ---Kit WacKethan, 44-2 (Ootober, 1944)
Tot and Warren Wise have a new little girl, Beverly Ann, born August 11th. Mary Reineberg married Mr. Harry John McDargh III, June 9th last in York Pennsylvania Phyllis Ryder, 44-1, currently appearing on Broadway in the " Voice of the Turtle" was married on November the 24th in New York, and now is Mrs. .Collura.
4ga1» ~s r-ar, a ~ took first plsce in the Halle Trophy aece at the Cleveland National Air Races. Coming in third in 1946, Ruth Carter 10hnson, 43-W-5, oapped the honore this season with a spsed of 223.290 miles per hour. She liaS awarded a prizs of $2500.00. Ruth flew an AT-6 whioh was modified to same extent. She had a three-bladed prop instslled, the greenhouse teken oft, and a streamlined metel oanopy mede. She said there was not muoh else in the way of conversion exoept taking ott as much weight a8 pos8ible and advancing the governor, whioh aocording to Ruth, averybody does. The race is di splacement, 80 the engine, Ruth 1340 displaoement race with inline Ruth states. restricted to AT 5'8 with 1340 cubio inch there i8 not IllUchroan for oonversion on points out, since the regular AT 6 has already. There were two AT 6's in the Ranger engines and they were pretty hot,
with the Ranger engine, and she held the lead for one lap. I passed here in the seoond lap am held the lesd trom there on it. She _s about 175 yards behind in the fourth lap, having dropped back gradually. In the fifth and last lap, sha had s foroed landing snd so lost second place. This put Grace Harris ot Kansas City in 8econd place st the tinish. My average speed on the oour8e lias 223 and Harris's was 215. I ahould 8ay this would make the speed for me on the .traighte.way sbout 235. Ruth was sponsored Chicago. by the Televiaion Associates
During her .ervice as a RASP, Ruth was stationed with the 5th Fsrry Group at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. She was married to Warren 10hneon of Dallss in Octobsr, 1943. At present, ahe and hsr hU8band are living in Upland, Calit. Ruth i. instructing at the Cable Claremont Airport where her hU8band has the msintenance unit. HOIr iIOULD YOU LIKE •••• A PIPER CUB far a Christm88 gift? You may be the onel There are a tew lIIOretickets to sell in our Cub Rattle ••let's get some ohsncss now befors it i8 too 1& te ••RDIEMBER ••we are building the MEMORIAL FUND by the surplu8 of tums on this proJsot. Won't you taka part ••we llBed ywr dollars to make this a SUCCess. The reason we have kspt it closed is to enable a lQSP or e Ninety-IUner to win. \trite to Betty .illiama, 300 Main Streat, Apt. fiE, White Plains, New York, tor tiokets.
Her future raoing plans inolude rscing her plane in all the AT 6 raoes possible and the Protessional Raoe Pilots AssooiatiCll is trying to promote more. At present, the race at Miami in 1anuary is still under debate es to whether U will be a BT or AT race. For the story ot the aotual race, here ere Ruth's own 1IOrdsl The race i8 a cloeed course 75-lIIile race on a 15 mile courss (5 laps). Starting is race horee style 11mite.d to eight ste.rters--that is the race bsgins trem take ott on thll ground and all starters e.re in a row, places determined by previOlls qual1f"ying trle.la. I held secoDd position, having qualitied et 215. The tirst qualit1er •• s Kia key MaGrath in one of the above mentioned Rangers, and who qWllltie4 at 223. I took the laad on te.ke ott, but _s psseec1 by Dari Xarland in the other ATe
Group on fligh~ line iuring air evant.. Left to right: Mary Retick, 44-6, Gene Landman, 44-5, Betty Wall, 44-1, Noni Horton, 43-7, Elizabeth McGeorge, 43-6, Grey All1eon Hoyt, 44-4, VJrginia Coakley, 44-10, Isabel Tynon, 43-7, and Lot. Dobbin, 43-8. The Second National Convention or the Order or Yifinella has ended, leaving us with a renewed sense of the fineness of the women who belong to this organizetion, a few souvenirs for our scrapbooks, and sane plans for the future which can help us prove our right to be. A story of what took place at the business meetings is given you by your President, now Princess Mebleewee of the Ponce Indian 'fribe. The honor was bestowed on Betty at a ceremony hald the last evening of the reunion. The picturesque name is symbolic of an inhabitant of the heavens for it means Turning Moon. Just ~s the Editor was preparing to hash together a story of the activities at the reunion, gleaned from the program outline and a verbal fill-in by Betty and Cane Landman, a copy of ~e Sandstorm" arrived; and what was the featured article this issue--a atory of the ectivitiea at the reunion!1 So well was their report done, and so short was the time left to get the Neweletter together, that it was immediately decided to lift the article, with very few changes, and use it ••• and all you people who want to know what the reunion was really like hed better be glad I did. MOst of the girls preferred to stay in the barrack that had bsen dubed WASP NEST. It wes far ahead of the paper shack buildings found on most of the bases as it had knotty pina walls, ICE cold water fountain, army beds, or course-but they were actually com1'ortable--and l1ghts never went out before two or three am. During the day and sometimes late at night, when not attending meatings or other activities, the girls spent their time in the swimming pool located a short distance from the barracks, or down on tha ladian Reservation where the Ponca Indians were holding their annual Pow Wow. Some of the girls even joined ths Indians in their native dances. The Service Clubs of Ponca City started the ball rolling by having a lunoheon on the field that day. ~. Hanford Eckman, of Piper Aircraft, welcomed the Order of Fifinella members to Ponca City and Piper Aircraft, and the JlByor of <'onca City gave Betty lfill1ame the key to the city. Flying aotivities were started after the luncheon, with the 90 dsgree Spot Landing Contest. The airplanes used in all the flying events were new Piper Cubs, PA-ll's. ~his took up most of the afternoon and everyone obtained a «ood burn or suntan while watching the events. Those gals who hadn't had a throttle in their bends for some months were checked out on their flyability by Jean ~oore, 44-2, and Cappy Morriaon, 44-10. Ths WlaP dinner, sponsorsd by the OOF, was given that night. At this dinner Betty Williams acted as Me. Hazel Raines held the group spsllbound with her sxperiencss in England. Nonnie Horton conducted some WASP intervie .••. s to se. if the girls were using today any of the training they had reoeived in the army. Mary B. McFadden said she had found the instructions on how to make a bed quite useful now that Sha ia a housewife. Sha further stated that she had had some experience in the kitchen with Flying Saucers. Faith "Bucky" Buckner lsd the crowd in some WASP songs as the dinner drew to a close. ' The schedule called for breakfast at 06:30 the following morning, but as lights did not go out much before that time, breakfast was not ssrved until somewhere in the neighborhood of 09:00. However, there were s fe. early rissrs, and whila the lats ones were sipping their coffee, these early birds gave an exhibition of formation flying for the people of Ponca City, and we might add that they did a beautiful job, too. After breakfast, at thet early hour, the flying eventa were resumed. They started with the lBO-degree Spot Lendings with everyone pulling for the winner, no metter who. At least, sveryone was watching or flying except those Who
The morning of August 25, 1947, found Ex-WASP rolling into Ponca City, Oklehoma, from every section of the United Statee. Some of the eager beavers hed ectually arrived a few daye early. The air waa filled with the buzz of hanger flying as daya gone by were brought to the fore again. The setting was idaal for such e gathering as 1t wes held at Piper Aircrhft locsl assembly plant, which was formerly an AAP training base. Due to the fact that it was originally built to train the English cadets, it was actually a beautiful base, and moat of the girls wished they could bave been stationed at such a place during their daya wi th the AA:i. llr. Piper, as he had done the year bef ore, went all out to make the IkSP stay in Ponca City ss enjoyable as possible. Everyone registered in the WASP Headquarters where each girl was given a number, an invitation to the Continental dinner, and a RASP badge. In thie office wss a display of photographs taken by the 1lA.SPwhile they were on active duty. Across the hall was the WASP lounge, where a large bulletin board displayed pictures of the reunion at Lockhaven last year, copies of the Newsletters frcm the beginning of the Order of Fifinella, and numeroue articles published about variou. WASP or articles written by them. This gavs a general idea of mat some of the girls have acoanpliehed in Civilian Aviation.
had to attend a business meeting, er part of the day.
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Shortly after lunch, Capt. Thomas Bell, Chief of Flight Test at Tinker Field, Oklahoca City, gave the crowd a thrill with a P-80. He swooped in from the southwest, and zipped acroas the field at about five feet off the ground, then climbed straight up to 9,000 or 10,000 feet in a split second, rolling all the way up, then back again and again. With their hearts still soaring high aftsr tha P-80 buzz job, the girls climbsd into their PA-ll's for ths bomb dropping contest. The pilots and bombardiers were having great fun at the expense of the spectatora, for even though the target was quite large, it seemed ss though the bombardiers took greater delight in scattering the crowd, for they usually bombed outside the target. Aa a result the spectatora got their PT running for shelter with every bomb that was dropped. After the first few rounda, however, a little bird had a word with them and the bombs began falling in and near the target, with one actuslly hitting the bull's eye. Continental 011 Company gave a dinner that eTening in their nationally famous dining room. Along with this dinner the ~SP were taken on a tour of the building, which was a dream place. Of course, everyone wanted to go to work for Continental immedietely, provided of course, they could spend all their time in the reoreation building. Tha guest speakera for the evening were Brig. General Harry Johnson, Brooks Field, Texes who gave a talk and a movie on the V-2 bombs and other guided miesels of Germany. The film wee captured from the Germans and is entitled "Hitler'e Secret Weapone." There are only two of the filma in the United States. Mr. Carlos Franco, who is with the Young & Rubican Advertising Agency in New York, and ie also closely associated with CBS, talked on radio and aviation. He told of Betty Williams' new undertaking of Air Education through televiaion with CBS. He extended an invitation to the OOF to hold their next reunion in Puerto Rico. A Wing Scout from Tulea, Oklahoma told of ths accomplishments snd aims of their organization. Betty Williams said a few words in memory of Paula Loop, a WASP from near-by Bartleeville. Her talk was followed by Taps. Mardo Crane spoke on Air Education and gave some auggestions on ways we could, ae individuala, help educate the general public about aviation. A bus carried everyone back to the barrack after tba dinner. Flying
Race holding the spotlight. It was one of the most axciting events of the entire meeting. The contestanta had to fly around the pattern, make a three point apot landing in front of the judges stand and be prepared for a quick take off while their partners, the undressees, jwnped fr~n the ship, ran to the front of the judges stand and removed their shirts, dashed back for the planes, and took off aga in. The next t 1me around the undressee bad to remove her slacks, and the third time around, the plane had to be parked and the undressse had to put on all her clothes again, buttons buttoned, zippers zipped, etc., and down a coke. Each team was.timed, and the winner wa9 the one who went through this routine and drank the coke the Duickest. They all seemed to do fine until it came time to drink the coka in one swallow--then trouble began. A real Chuck Wagon Feed at Wentz's Camp that evening brought the reunion to a cloae. A chuck wagon that Mr. Oscar Hadden uses everyday on his ranch was brought in for the barbecue. When the last bit of food vanished, the scene shifted to the steps overlooking the large swimming pool where the winners of the various events were announced and the prizes awarded. They were as follows: Virginia Coaklylat ~lace in the 90-degree spot landing contest received a beautiful fitted traveling case awarded by Nieman-Marcus of Dalla e.
- 2nd place in the 90-degree s~ot lending contest was awarded a Compass Caee by Piper Aircraft Corporation. - 1st place in the 180-degree spot landinB contest received a Stall warning Device awarded by the Safe Flight Inetrument Corporation, 1'Ihite Plains, N.Y. - 2nd place in the 180 was awarded an identification bracelet by Piper Aircraft Corporation.
Eliz. Bullbright-lst plaoe in the Bomb Dropping Contest received a Rollair Map Case donated by the Rollair Map Company, Inc., Calif. Jean Moore - 2nd plsce in the Bomb Dropping Contest received a Handan Mannish Shirt Biven by Brownstein-Lewis Company, L.A. - pilot in Pants Race received a sub-
resU!ll8dthe next afternoon,
with the Pants
Qroup at P1per ~i.ug pool. Let~ to r1ght: Ruth Wallar, '"-2, Mar)' "Uu:, '"-6, BeUyPdUt, 44-', ~_ 1IeePe, 44-t!, 1!l1_eth !l!eGeoree • •3-6, (sitting on board), Roea Creger, .4-10, (standing), Eleanor Patterson Brady, 44-2, Helen Porter, 43-5, Noni Horton, 43-7, and Betty "1~y, .
Mr. Piper Betty Williams Mickie Carmichael
six tables by the door aDd by emblems and artful signa combined with floral decorations informed the general public who they
Speciel guests at our tablea were Iliss Jacqueline Cochran, Mr. W. T. Piper, Mr. 3everley "Bevo" Howard, International Acrobatic Champion. Mr. John Geisse, a member of the Cli, Waahington, Mr. Bl11 Strok, and Mr. Carlos Franco. All Wasps who participated in the Air Racea were invited es our guests of honor. One of our exhibits which attracted much attention was a diaplay of picturea portraying the different typas of work the girls had followed since leaving the WASP. Under each picture was a short resume of the flyine the girl did when she was in service, bow, and if, she had utilized that knowledge since, and her present occupation. The entire exhibit was overhung with a huge pair of WASP wings, sprlnkled in silver--an effect that wes indeed eye-catching, to Judge from the comments of those who passed the exhibition in its prominent place in the lobby of the Hotel Certer. A consensus showed that the displey wes such a fine bit of public relations work for us t~at it may be shipPed around the country and set up at the various aeronautical functions held during the year. It wos designed by Clara Jo Stember, 44-2. The Halle Trophy race was won this year by Ruth Johnson. 43-5. Ruth is to be congretulated on e fine piece of flying.
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- Undressee in Pants Race received a subscription to Air Facts, co"rtesy Air Facts Magazina. -1st place in the Photo Con;est received a westsrn belt buckle set given by Piper Aircraft. - 2nd placs in the Photo Contest received a subscription to Air Facte. courtesy Air Fects Magazina.
-Girl with most flight time received a book. "Your Future in Aviation", given by Prentice Hall. -Girl with most hours in a Piper Cub was given a book "You Can Learn to Fly". donated by Bevo Howard and Bill Strohmeier, the authors.
Lois Dobbin was selected Champion Fifinella on the basis of her flying skill and was awarded a Longine Whittnauer watch and the Fifinella Trophy. Jackie Hughes, last yeer's Champion Fifinella presented Lois with the trophy. Mr. Piper made tha other awards. Mr. Piper announced there were some twelve to fifteen planes availsble for those who wished to fly them to the Air Races in Clevaland, ao after the festivitiee at Wentz's, girls were found on their meee in the barrack, with their empenages in the air. pouring over maps plotting their couree for the next day--and so ended the secund National Reunion.
Pip So ended the Reunion at Ponca. but about 50 girls, some from Ponca and others who couldn't make the reunion but could manage a Jaunt to Cleveland, represented the Wamens Airforce service Pilots st the National Air Races, 1947. Basa operations for the three days was the Hollenden Hotel, but much activity kept the group hopping over a wide area of Cleveland. The first big event of the series was the much looked forward to Aviation Dinnar Dance aDd Ball, held in the Rainbow Roam of the Hotsl Carter. Evsrybody who came to the dinner knew the WASP were there, for the Order or Fiflnella had Gene
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Lo18 Dobbin Noni Horton Mr. Piper REPORT OF ADVISORY BOARD
AT PONCA CITY
The Advisory Board met prior to the general meeting on Tuesday, August 26, the second day of the National Convention. It was the first time that all the chapter presidents met and got to know each other, the problems and the projects of each of the chapters. After each chapter president reported individually, subjects of national concern were discussed and voted upon. Chapter and National Dues It was decided that the chapter dues will be stondardized at $2.00 per year (aa you know this money offsets cost of meiling meeting notices, end all functions that the chapter Undertakes.) By standerdine the dues, it would not matter if a member moved from one chapter to anotherj she would not have to pay duea to each chapter. There are not that many still roving members ••and what few there are, the chapters would be able to handle in this manner. These dues are payable at the SAME TL\!E AS NATIONAL DUES ••DECEMBER 20th ••make checks payable to ORDFR OF FIFINELLA ••NOT ••to individuels holding office ••these checks will be forwarded to national headquarters from each chapter ••end the Executive-secretary will send one check to the chapter to cover bulk sum of chapter's dues. In this manner, it will be easy to remember when dues are payable end it can all be taken care of at the same time. Self-addressed stamped envelopes will hereafter be used by the organization to facilitate payment of dues for thoae who do not belong to a chapter. By-Laws Amendments Amendments and changes in the by-lews werc discussed, and according to Article XII which deals wi. th Amendments •• they shall first be considered through a chapter ann if carried by a three-fourths majority vote of the entire chapter membership, shall then be sent to the National Secretary-Treasurer, who shell send a copy to each member for her vote. If epproved by a two-thirds majority, the amendment shall become effective. The Loe Angelee end Texas chapters he ve spent cons iderable time studying the by-laws and so they will take action on these recommended IlIIIendments.
Wing Scout Affiliation Projects which we will work on throughout the COOling year were studied and plans were made for cerrying out these projects. One project is affiliation with the Wing Scouts, an aviation group of the Girl Scouts of America. They are well organized ••have carried 'on a thorough program of education and are very anxious for us to lend a helping hand. This is one way we can assist an interested group and pass on some of the extensive training we have had. Miaa Noni Horton gave a summary of their organization, what they have done and are doing. Detail pictures showing some of their classes in action were passed among the members. (Noni and Gene Landman ferried the Wing Scout Piper Cub from the Northeastern section to the Tulsa group of Girl Scouts, while en route to the Reunion.) Everyone present at the general meeting felt quite enthusiestic about affiliating with this group. Wisps Along similar trends of thought came the question of WISPs ••as you know this idea originsted in the llew York Chapter and much of the work was done by Peg Helburn Kocher. It was eagerly accepted by some and rejected by others. The general feeling is still strongly for the WISPs or a lIimilar group. However, the majority present at the Second National Convention felt they would rather affiliate with the Fling Scouts and forget about ;'iISPs. The number present did not constitute a quorum of the membership and so this question will ,be decided by ballot which you will find enclosed with this issue. PLEASE VOTEI! If a WISP organization is to be nationally accepted ••then more explicit stendards must be set up ••the applicant must have a definite number of hours from a WASP or WASP instructor; she can not hal'S had just one lellson. Standards of that calibre are not in keeping with our own organization. Special Air Marking Project As railroads often tigure prominently in crolls-country navigation, one particularl;y good spot tor air markers is the roof of a citY'lI railroad station. This idea hss bllen supported by eel'Sral Board members of the National Allronauticll Association and opinion has been sought on the pOllllibility of a WASP project to help in the execution of such s program. The advantages for us in taking on the railroad project in preference to the marking ot the newly accepted East-West airway would
be: 1) lIfforts would not ba scattered on
various typas of air markers. all chapters could work on it, even
though we are in different pe rts 01' the count!"' 3) progress in one section could be used to g~~d advantage by other sections running into difficulties. 4) the work accomplished could be definitely measured and each successful marker, being a part of an organizational progrem, would reflect credit on all lIASI' efforts (this is an original idee not being worked on by any others as far as is knownJ 5) preliminary arrangements could be made at key pointa in the rail network for, large areae, thus eliminating duplication of efforts. A SUggested Plan of Action is as Follows: 1) contact head offices of the larger railroads to S8curs permission and authority to go ahead. The railroad itself may pass on the word to their subdivisions to OK the painting. The rflll8ining work would be mostly a matter of advising how the roof should be marked, which could be carried out by the other chapters along the route. 2) NlA chapter and national cooperation could be arranged. Working with the support of loeal aviation interests on a project tor the advancement of private flying safety would be a solid toundation for our future growth as a ranking aviation organization. 3) Blanche Noyes, CAA Air Marking Specialist, is keenly interested in the development of organizations such aa ours and could be counted on for support. This project has bsen euggested by Gloria Heath, Public Relations Cheirman. Let's get going on it. Educational and Promotional Lectures Thsre is an excellent opportunity tor us to give "Pro aviation" lectures and talks to all civiC groups, i.e., high schools, colleges, Boy Scouts, YWCA and YMCA, all tedsrated Women's Clubs ••actually a 11mitlass number ot such organizations. We should feel duty bound to intorm these people on air travel and to stimulate an interest in aviation, giving true and accurate tacts about an accspted third dimension of travel. Everyone 11'111benet1 t from it. The airlinea are willing to pay for good publicity, and there is every possibility that through atfiliation with their public relations department those emong you who are intereeted cen ma~e this sort of work lucrative as well as worthwhile. We should be an influential group in. this type of work. There are many men who do not trevel Tia airlines because their wives object ••here is our chance to talk to those women in the various cluba snd place ouraelvea ae a strong factor toward their acceptance of air travel. !hia project will be put into action aa aoon as possible through the various chapters of the Order, It will bs intaresting to watch the development of this plen and see mat results it baa.
Memorial Fund As you know, it has not yet been deoidsd in juat manner we 11'111set up a living memorisl to those girls who msde the SUpreme sacrifice. Diecuesion got underway. Bea Falk, member of the New York chapter, suggested thet ths funds be used to allow members who went to break established records to borrow the necessary funds needed for entrance tees, RiA official tees, etc. SUch sponsorShip would strengthen the organization's position in recognized circles and would most certainly help to f~ther women in aviation. A board would be set up to determine all tactors. In a laet and final attempt to get your ideas se to exactly what you would preter as a Living Memorial, vote on the ballot enclosed in this iSBue. The Advisory Board will decide what will be done as a result ot this ballot •• BO i1' you have an id_ or a suggestion, 'mn't you let us know'l Cub Rattle Our President reminded all members that the Piper Cub was still in the procalls ot being rattled ort •• and that gll'ers had been asked to participate because the lIale at tickets .Sll so slow emong the members. Tha Ninety-Nines have been doing a niae job. Disouesion got UDderwsy as to whether or not we should open the asla to other than 1Il/'erll and '.l:ASPII ••but the majority preferred not to ••the idea', ot c"ursa, bsing that a woman pilot would win. Each girl thers took ten ticketll, to sell either to other WlSPs or Ninety-Nines and/or,purchaae hereelt. The Cub should be rattled oft betore Christmas ••we would like to close sales by November 8Oth •• so won't you get behind this proJsct. Get your ticketll trom Betty Jane Will1Lma 300 Main Street, Apt. 5! White Plains, Na. York All those attsnding the National Rsunion agreed that 11'8should keep ourllelvell well infolmBd on the late8t devaloPlll8nts in sviation. Arrangamants are being mede to sao4 intormatin booklets on Instrument Lao4ing System and Ground Control Approach, etc., to each member. Our IIIOtto should be Keep Intorme~l RElID.embar--Through these portals pasa the best women pilata in the world\
JVar DUO ma m.-ry girl attending the Second' National Reunion vowed ~ _ld bring 1n ~ ~ ~l Ire are potentially 1000 etroQl. IAt'B get atter thoBe othar 500 girls ••we want them to be a pert ot us. At your next chapter meeting or chance meeting 111 a tellow lfA8P, el1minee, or eligible, ask her to join th CIIl&I' group. Don't you know a WASP nsar you that you can in-
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We have been cordlelly invited to hold our 1948 convention in three different locations. The first one came SOll>ltime ago from Mr. L.A. Wilke, Manager of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce. He expressed himself by saying, "It will seem very muoh like coming home to them." That goes without saying; a convention in Sweetwater would be just that. . Mr. Earl S. Anderoon, Manager of the Convention and Visitor'. Bureau of the Los Angelea Chenber of COllllllerce extended an invitation for us to lI>letin sunny California and assures us every cooperation in making the convention BUccesBful and enjoyable. Los Angeles has much to offer •• world famed hotels aDd restaurants ••national broadcasting studios •.movie capitol ••beaches ••the great aviation industry ••much enterteinment and many cultural advanta~s. While addressing us in Ponca City at our recent convention, Mr. Carlos Franco invited us, in behalf of the ChAmber of Commerce, to hold our next convention in Puerto Rico. Needless to say, everyone was interested and graterul for this new and exciting possibility. Hours afterward discussions could be heard snd went something like •• •••• e could all go do.n on a fruit freighter ••gee, wouldn't that be funU Yes, and the many interesting things to do and .ee ••it .ould be different." "We could take our friends end husbands, if .e wanted ••" It takes approximately four and one half days to go down by boat ••we could spend five days there ••and then back ••making two .eeks in ell. In such a .etting, .e might invite women pilots from other nations .ho served in a similar capacity with their Air Forces, and in so doing stimulata internstional relationabip with individuals and groups who shsre a like glory and honor with ua, brosdaning our via.a on a cOllllllon interest-the furtherance of women in aviation. May .e depart for a moment from thoughts of the future and take our place in the reality of a situation, and not too happy a one, that we unfortunately had to realize this past August. The bare facts sometimes hurt ••?5% of the membership voted to hold the 1947 reunion in Ponca City •• that was their choice. The administration fully sware of the difficulties that kept presenting themselves when such a small number registered, toyed with the idea of calling it off for this year. There was the husband and wife problem ••many desirous of spending their vacations together •• there was the financial problem ••and the usual membership showed. Seventy-five per cent voted ••and apparently contemplated attending ••but TEN PER CENT actually showed. The majority of those attending ceme great distsnces ••the East and West coast. Thoss Who lived within a fsw hundred miles or leas did not attend. Why? FacB to face meetings are vitalll How long do you think our organization could stay together without them? This is the time when plans are made, problems are solved, principles established, projects prssented and voted upon. Your voice is heard ••idsas are exchanged •• important contacts are IIl8ds•a •• ociation with old friends and the making • of new onee ••all theee things are an essential part of PROGRESS I In ths past have tried to give you the sort of activity that .e thought you wanted ••air events, in cooperation .ith a manufactursr. We should plan the next convention on s dlffersnt stage. If a oonvention is held in a metropolitan city ••Of necessity you .ill have an entirely different type of sntertainment. However, an air tour •• breakfast flight ••or similar event might be planned. Whatever is decided, everyone must give it their support. These reunions are plsnned for your enjoyment. It is difficult to get prese ooverage or good publicity unless you have something noteworthy to publicize. Registerations .ill be opell8d much sooner this year ••and closed s grest deal earlier, so time does not hang heavy on those responsible for the succe8ll of conventions. The present administration wants to give you good conventlons, essential in developing the principles for .hlch .e are bound together ••ss .ell as providing excitlng, funloving entertainment ••but we cannot do it with ten per cent of the membership attending.
If none of the pressnt possibillties for Convention meetings please you ••we are anxious snd,willing to start negotiating other plens. Would you prefer to have conventions once every two years, so the financisl strain would be leseened? This might be the reason in many csses. If so ••let's solve the problem. Before you answer this be sure you give it plenty of thought ••face to fsce meetings once every two years might lessen the chances of progress and scc~plishment • Many of you have worked on sponsored affeirs and sccordingly fully realize the task ahesd when contemplsting such sn undertaklng. In lean years it is not too easy. fie can not expsct to always be ss fortunate as we have been in the pest. Would you prefer to concentrate all activities in Cleveland during the Air Races next year and wait until '4g for a trip to Puerto Rico? No. you've heerd us---we want to bear from youl Here's to bigger and better conventions, with 100 per cent attendance. Send your opinions - ldeas - suggestions to:--
Betty lane Williams 300 Main Street Apartme n t 5 :E White Plains, New York
'lIE CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE I
IreD e Crum, enterprising gal that she is, has announced en offer that will enable us of the WASP to purchase almost any article an adman can think of st a savings to us and still put money into the Memorial Fund. By contacting mBnufacturers, Irene has a list of some 8,OOO--count 'em--8,OOO items which she can buy st wholeeale prices and which she is willing to sell to members of OOF at cost plus 10% and shipping chsrges. The ten per cent will be turned over to the Memorial Fund. Betty Williams is working with Irene to compile a catalogue so you can see for yourself what there is to be had. Here's a sample of what Irene already bas on handl office supplies, stationery, handmade glsssware, lamps, irons, mirrors, pressure cookers, Christmas cards, and "etc.", which covers almost anything you want. Don't think you're staggering her, either, when you say you want an automobile, for though she admits it may take s bit longer, she'll eventually be able to buy these coveted vehicles at a discount. And then--the logical folIo. up--plenes. She's .orking on it. This mail order shipping center is run on a "if you don't see whst you want, ask for it" bssis. If there's an item of which you're particularly desirous, .rite Irene and tell her about lt and if it's possible, she'll get it. MOTHERS--ahe says--she'll have hundreds of baby items ss .ell as toys, so get in your needs snd She'll shoot back the prices. A special feature that most stores don't have is this one--and quite a boon to you girls who would like to gst a fsw items of your own on the market--if you have something to sell, send Irene s picture of it along with the lowest posslble price you can afford to make and sell it for, and ahe will liet it along with the other items and handle the same "right out of my home here in West (B.G.) Virginia.. 2780 Elm.ood Avenue, Huntington 2, to be exact.
BE'rl'Y WILLIAMS ORIGINA'mS
AVIAtION TELEVISION SHOW The tirst aviation television ehow ever to be .rittea and planned tor telecaat at an airport took plaoa at 2:30 SUndayarternoon, September 14, at Taterboro, New Jersey Municipal Airport, when our ownPresident, Bett,. Williams, under contrect to the Columbia Broedcaating S,.st_, gave the tirst program ot her series "Flying High". The a1m at her show, aeys Betty, i. to botter aoquaint thegenEiral pub11c with civilian planes, aostly ot the 11ght plane clasa, that are being !lewn tran the local airports ot the country. By the end at her program aaae at her audience will move trom their armchairs in ' tront at the television scraen or will aat downtheir beer glaes end climb ott their stool in the corner bar where they'n been going to wetch the ahowand will venture out to the airport tor a tew lessons themsalves--or at least a ride, Betty prediots. With the averege adult'a lo~thness to ahowhis lack meny persone actually interestad in aviation have not taken rlying'lessons or joined sn aviation club a1mply tor rear or making themselves r14' iouloua because or their ignorance, Betty contends.
that a light plane won't drop 11ke a pl\Illlllet 1t the engine should stop, that IllivigatioD oalls ror a little more in prooedure and preparation than pecking a lunch and h.eding into the 8UI1,and that the earest ".atber maneuver is st111 'he lao-degree tura. Thera .ill be more prominent aviaiion rigures, such a •• Bevarley "Bevo" Howard, National and International Acrobatic Chempion, Jaoqueline Cochran, Ruth JohD.!lon,winner or the 19"7 Halle Trophy Reoe at the National Air Raoes, aDd Bill Strohmeler, 'leading aviation public relation'a man end oo-author or "You Can Learn to Fly." With increased knowladge or the baslc operat1one or a plene, ••.person will enjoy C1emmercial ir trevel mora a and will reel aater when he's rlying. And evan it he doesnot intend to rly at all, oommercially or privately, the taithful ot tbe television audienoe will have learned enough about a socially impartent topic to diecuse it eensibly with the boys at the lodge or with daughter's dates or the ArmyAir Corps, mr II.
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And now tlla t they can learn sane ot the tund_ntals and basic principals or tlying in the privacy at their arm chair or tavorite pub, they're likely to take a more active interest in tlying. FRANCO SCHOLARSHIP Even &moag thoae who never intend to heve the controle at a plane in their hand, however, tha ahoww11l have an audienca, ror with aviation as prominent in our nation'a hiatory es it ia, thara are rew persons who are not willing to learn aanething about it. especially 1t the tacta are attractively presented to them. l"lying High is. No dull, technical lacture preeentation Flying High's tirst program ahowed close-ups ot verious types ot aircrart on the ground where eome ot the outstanding teaturas were pointed up and then ehots ot the same planes actually in tlight; intereeting personalities in aviation who told something at them.elves and or the parttoulsr nrk they were doing; and a tew pertinent racts told in the layman'e language about the mechanics at tlying--all rUmed against tha background or a busy airport, with trequent shots at planes, white olouds, and the w11dblue yonder. Moat at tha aotion in the program took plaoe on the airport ramp in rront at the Atlantio Aviation Company's hangar and gan the audience a good insight as to the daily happenings at an airport. Vice-president or the oompany,Sid Nesbitt, demonstrated the Beeoh Bonanza, even lstting the television audienoe listen in to his tower olearance tor taxi end take-ott. He to14, too, howhe came to be prototypsd as "81111 , Jaclt", the t1gure in the in oamic strips, through his long aoquaintance with the str1ps author. A Pipar Cub belong1ng to the 3at ••. l"lying SChool was ir given a vhual inspection tar 'the aud1ellCe, with oCllllllentary on ths essential. to cheok aD any plane betore ~1ng ott, and was rlown b,. one or Betty'S students, a 22-year-old girl. !lonla llo!\on, holder at all aircraft ratings exoept tnnsport, and Mr. NeU Fulton pointed out th8 teatures at tha Goodyear Flying Boat and tbsn toolt ott, with the telev1aion oaera tollowing them as th8 gear came up and the 1I1g lIlip t=aad out or t1'8ttio. The Boat, not yet on the -.rltet, ls being given 4•• on~ratio. aDd servioe tests br AtlaaUo Aviation. The real treat ot t •• ow tor piloh ll8 wall es noatlring _bel" ot t. lPe.~ator •• s 0 lIbort discourse on the operation ot a Jael1ooptar, given by its pilot, Alto lur3.ulg, alllt a d.oDatratlon ot the _china's versatility •• lt honra4 •• nN t••, ott the sroun4, alma.t direotly Mr. Carlos Franoo, tbe gentleuan who tlew all the way
trom NewYork City to be with us during our sea and National Reunion and to speak to us at the Continental ahown genuine interest the Order ot !'1tinella. dinner, haa
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12 TEXAS CHAPTER The fall meeting was held October 2~th through the 26th, in Sweetwater, Texas. The girls arrived in the midst of a dovmoour which failed to dampen their spirits or festivities. The business meeting was opened with a discussion of having a jeweled pin, miniature replica of the WASP wings set with one diamond(1/8th carat)bonded, and two chip diamonds. Marie Adler showed sketches, and it was agreed that Esther Cuddington would check with jewelers, as well &s H&lly Stires cont8cting ~est Coast jewelers. It would be a nice piece of jewelery to wear with a suit or date dress. of t:J8 recent National Convention in Ponca City broug~t forth ~r. Carlos Franco's invitation to hold our next reunion in Puerto Rico, which was greeted with enthusiasm. All angles were considered, among which cost and attendance were foremost. Those present thought these points would help; at least a year's notice of sailing date (month)- down payment at 6 monthsfull payment month before sailing- possibility of keeping cost at $200.00. These factors were considered particularly to help the housewife or the girl who works. In order to crest more interest in Chapter meetings and increase attendance, it was voted that the Vice-President be in immediate charge of membershio as well as responsible for the district representatives and their duties ; the Editor will be responsible for the members receiving yheirnews in ample time for meeting attendance, the Secretary-Treasurer will conduct a "dues" campaign. The Nominating Committee presented nominations for officers: President Vice-President Secretary-!I'reas. Reporter Editor the following
The recommendations of the Los Angeles Chapter re: the National By-Laws were voted upon and approved by those present. It was decided to have nine districts instead of six and the following districts and representatives were proposed, selected by population instead of geographically:Shirley Tannehill-Dallas, Rose Palmer- Fort Worth, Mary C. Quist- Austin. Ruth Hagemann Wheeler- Houston, Holly rtollinger- San Antonio, ;,lary Retick- Hew :'exico, Lois BrookS=~l Paso, Ruth Craig Jones- Oklahoma, ~sther Stahr Cuddington- Sweetwater. (Space does not permit full listing of all tovms, if you are doubtful as to your location check with Chapter President). This terminated the business meeting ••now here's what took place on the social side. Clinnie Lovvorn was there to greet everyone as they arrived, bemoaning the slight mist which prevailed, and interrupted the bar-be-que at the Ollie Cox Ranch ••however it didn't bother Curley Johnston as he took pictures anyway. The power lines were do~n at the lSke but that didn't stop the party from going to the lake house of Mr. Lobe, of Levy's, with candles. Some of the gals had to c ;;oktheir steaks out3ide ••can' t beat that ole' mesquite and cedar wood for a sweet smellin' fire ••and the beacon across the lake, kept flashing their way to give them a friendly check. As the embers in the fireplnce died the usu~l song festivity got under W8y. Alva Crutcher 44-'3 h&d a "git-fiddle" to make everyone step lively. Mayor protom~ J.G.Pace, was there (it was his cow they enjoyed)as was Jack Stevenson. It was t~elve befo:e anyone remembered the meeting early in the mornlllg. Vfuiie going up in the elevator at the Bluebonnet Hotel, the colored bell boy kept looking at some of the girls and finally ventured, "Is you all from the field when ya usta be here?" \'ie nodded a "Yes". "I thought I (ah) recognized two obb ya." One of the girls perked up at this and said in her bright way, "Oh, did you used to work at the Avengerette Club?" Says the bell boy, "No'em, I held this same job." Must have been four other people. Hazel Raines and Sissy Seiber drove 3000 miles to attend the meeting in Sweetwater---and did you know that Ma Coleman has retired---that the Allen Scott Hotel, is now the Euing •••• that Mr. Hill stiil has Kay's Book Store •••that Pop Broughton has sold his ~arage •••• that Curley Johnston (Curley's Studio) 1S one of our big boosters and if any girls want reprints of their old training shots, drop him a line. The city has bought the b&ys at Avenger but c?n't afford to have a ~ASP barrack as planned. ~r. Wilkie is no longer with the Board of City Eevelopment, Rnd the owner of the Bankhead is gone. "he Bluebonnet now has a 30se Room.
Michael Carmichael Hazel Raines Ava M. Hamm i,iarieAdler Virginia Williams Hubbard
Betty Fulbright, Clarsville, Arkansas, was appointed Chairman of the Wing Scout Committee. She will gather all information and forward same to the District Representatives, so they can get busy on it. An investigation has shown there are only a few cities in this state that have Wing Scout Groups, so the field is wide open for development in this area. The Los Angeles Chapter Resolution concerning the disbursement of the Memorial Fund was read, discussed and t~e following amendment was suggested: 1. Immediate purpose: To provide treatment for those girls injured in service still requiring assistance or medical care;--To be changed to read:-
A.J.MAY PUBLISHES PILOT'S CARTOON BOOK
1. Immediate purpose: To provide treatment for any Order of Fifinella member injured while performing duties of pilot, instructor, or co-pilot, requiring assistance or medical care. This will have to be put to a vote of the entire chapter membership. Those present at the meeting felt thet since our organization is to further women in avlatton, that those of us still flying should b~ helped and encouraged to do so, since these members are ac~vely backing our organizations aims and purposes. It was voted to raise the chapter dues from ~1.00 to $2.00 so as to conform with all other chapters, and facilitate bookeeping in the event a member should move from one chapter to another.
A.J. May, who was based at Romulus, Michigan, has just published a collection of her cartoons of all her flying buddies in the WASPs, in action. Title of the book is "RON". She amused her friends while in WASP training with the funny side of activities, drawn as she saw them happen. Repeated requests from WASP friends for these made her decide to make them available in book form. The retail price of the book is $3.00, ten per cent will go to the Memorial Fund! To order, send check or money order to A.J.May, 195 John Street, Englewood, New Jersey.
NEW YORK CHAPTER Childs' Restaurant, 43rd and Lexington, on Sept. 17th was the scene of the first meeting following the reunion. Much of the time was spent in discussing what took place at Ponca City and Cleve.land, as well as bidding bon voyage to Peggy Ilelburn Kocher. She and her husband sailed for Belgium on October 2nd, his new post. Their address is U.S. Embassy, Brussels, Belgium. Invitations for next year's reunion were discussed, as well as membership in some of the Air Veteran Groups. Alice Gartland was appointed a committee one to find a new place to hold meetings. of
Carol Brinton, 44-5 was elected to head the Los Angeles chapter at the November meeting held at the Central Airport. Joan Whelan, 44-2, was elected vice-president; Eleen Wright, 44-7, secretary-treasurer; and Eizabeth Watson, national advisory board member. Liz was a member of class 44-5. The officers annual banquet ember 20. were officially installed of the Order of Fifinella at the on Dec
The get together for September was held on the 25th at the Mayfair Hotel. It included cocktails, a delicious dinner, and many greetings and much discussion. The gals voted to put aside temporarily talk about their local WASP NEST in lieu of an offer from Airmen United to use their room at Clover Field in Santa Monica. Resol~tion Concerning the Memorial Fund
On October 22nd a meeting was held at the Madison Restaurant on E. 35th Street at which time a Nominating Committee was a.ppointed, headed by Miss Noni Horton, assisted by MisS A.J. May and Miss Kay Menges. Discussion got underway regarding WASP participation in the International Air Show, which has already been written up in this issue. Doris Manuel was appointed Chairman of the committee to place an exhibit, publicizing WASP participation in today's aviation picture, at the Civil Air Patrol Air Show, which was held on Nov. 16th at Somers Airport, New York. Miss Gloria Heath and Betty Haas, took part in the show, each flying their respective ships, Betty, a P-39, and Gloria, an AT6. The Exhibit was made by Doris and Betty Williams, using as much of what we had from the Cleveland Exhibit. It is hoped to place such an exhibit at many aviation meetings throughout the year. The Meeting of Dec. 18 at Child's Restaurant saw the installation of the new officers, which are as follows: Gene Landman, President ••Lauretta Darcy, Vice-President and Kay Hilbrandt, Secretary-Treas. WASHINGTON D.C. CHAPTER
It was moved, seconded and carried at the meeting in September that the Chapter recommend to National that there be two purposes for the Memorial Fund: 1) Immediate Purpose: ~o prov~de treatment for those girls injured 1n serv~ce still requiring assistance or medical care. 2) Future Purpose: date. To be determined at a later
The committee appointed to evolve a plan to carry out the above resolution recommends the following: 1) 2) Set up a National Committee the details of the plan. Recommended lows: a. Committee action to accomplish to be as fol-
At the October meeting a long discussion was held on the proposals of the L.A. chapter to amend the By-Laws. Helen MacGilvery of the AnnapOlis Airport had a bueakfast barbeque on the 19th, to which 99's, Women Flyers, and WASPs were invited. The WASPs worked along with the Ninety-Niners on the installation of the first air marker in the D.C. area as part of the Skyway 1 route. The November 20th meeting brought the elction results for the coming year. They are as follows: President- Mary McFadden V. Pres. - Elaine Harmon Sec. Treas- Marie Bray Plans were made for the joint entertainment of the round-the-world-flyers, George Truman and Clifford Evans, upon their arrival in Washington. This is being sponsored by all three groups, the 99's, Women Flyers of America and the WASPs. The D.C. Chapter is also coopelating with the Women Flyers in sponsoring a ground school to which the Wing Scouts will be invited, as well as other aviation minded groups. Their Christmas party was held at the home of their President on December the 18th.
Send letters and questionnaires directly to the girls who have sustained both major and minor injuries while in service, to determine whether or not injury is still in need of medical care. Failing response from girls, to direct further inquiry to family and/or close friends. Secure a report from a doctor selected by the Committee, regarding type of treatment; and amount, time involved, and cost of treatment. (Committee to be guided in selection of doctors by recommendations of American Medical Asso-ciation or similar reputable authority.) Secure report on gi t:ls to determine tent of assist~nce required. ex-
Jean Babb, 43-7 is Chairman of the Memorial Fund Action Committee. Others of the committee a~ Dorothy Avery, Hally Stires, and Elizabeth Watson.
Marge Johnson and Mary Ellen Keil Ungerer, both of 44-2, are putting out a small newsletter of their own describing the activities of their busy airport at Belding, Michigan. The sheet is called flAir Currentsfland reports that in the two years of the gals' operations, the planes on the field have grown from 2 to 16, and the pilots have increased from 3 to 40. CongratulationsLL
Jacqueline Cochran claimed a world speed of 469.5 miles per hour for a 100 kilometer miles) closed course in her P-5l on December at Palm Springs, California. Her claim will submitted for confirmation to the Federation nautique Internationale in Paris. record (62.136 11th be Aero-
AIR EXPOSITIOB ALL WASPS
1948 NAT'L CONVENTION
Coincident with the dedication of New York City's Idlewild Airport, the largest international airfield, a nine day Air Exposition will be held as part of New York City's Golden Anniversary with participation by Sweden, France, Holland, and other foreign countries._ The WASPs will also be represented - leading the flying activities on "Women's Day" and featured by other flying throughout the duration of the exposition. We are planning a ground exhibit as well showing the contribution of women to aviation, and other static exhibits of general interest. All expenses of operation (including transportation of WASP participants to New York and their equipment, airplanes, ete.)w1ll be covered by the exposition management and when (if) we are successful in signing up a sponsor, we will be able to use his contribution for the Order of Fifinella fund. This air show, to be held next July is already on the aviation calendar and promises to focus considerable attention on our participation if we come through with a very well executed and interesting program. A committee has been formed and has set up preliminary arrangements. To be successful however, the participation must be an ALL WAS~ project, not just the New York Chapter, although they must of necessity take care of most of the details. What the committee needs to know:
At the time of our national convention in Ponca City this past August, several possible locations for the 1948 convention were discussed. Among those were Los Angeles, Sweetwater, and Puerto Rico; invitations have been received from all three Chambers of Commerce. However since plans for WASP participation in the International Air Exposition have gotten underway, it might do well to consider New York as the place. With WASPs from allover the United States taking part in the Air Show, a good WASP audience and support will be needed, and appreciated. Women pilots from foreign countries, who served their countries in like manner, might be invited to stimulate international relationship and carry through with the theme of the Exposition. Their presence would help promote a friendly understanding and further strengthen our status in the ever growing field of aviation. An exchange of ideas, comparisons of aviation training and requirements, utilization of that training and aeronautical experience will most certainly prove very interesting. We would be setting a precedent by having an international forum at our national convention. The International Air Exposition would serve as a double feature. New York City offers much to the visitor, and there should be every reason to expect good attendance. However since many will be in the "big city" at that time, hotel reservations will have to be made early, and plans well on the way, if we were to undertake such a plan. Your chapter presidents have received letters to this effect and a discussion will be on the busi ness agenda at your next meeting. Those of you who do not actively belong to a chapter, please write and let us know what you think. An early vote as to 1948 National Convention and time will be taken very soon. This is a merely a suggestion tute any official decision. place
1. How many airplanes do WASPs own -(if you are certain of the loan of one, you're included). We need all types of planes, but in particular pursuits, AT 6s, and very old types, like the Curtis Pusher, etc. 2. What outstanding talent do we have? Acrobatic pilots, glider pilots, sky writers, comedy acts, etc.?? If you have done any of these things or have any professional act for an airshow, or know of any other WASPs that do, PLEASE WRITE US ABOUT IT. This is an unusually good opportunity for usby an effective contribution to an exposition, showing the progress of aviation, we can give more than lip service to the part women should play, and our participation should bring excellent publicity which will aid every WASPI Please write us your ideas for the program, don1t be too modestl and
and does not constiBetty Jane Williams President
JOB OPPORTUNITIES Preliminary discussion has been held with the publisher of "The Airport Directory" on WASPs compiling the material for the 1948 edition. "The Airport Directory" is a well recognized source for all information about airports in the United States indexed by states, and giving the manager's name~ facilities, services offered, runway lengths, etc. The work would be on a project basis, with a region allotted to each chapter. The job would consist of visiting the airports in your region, collecting the information, and probably would all be accomplished in the first month or two of the year. The details and salary scale will be worked out shortly.' But before we can go ahead, we need to know HOW MANY WOULD LIKE TO BE EMPLOYED ON THIS JOB? You probably could work on it either full time or part time. Please drop me a postcard pronto if you think you'd be interested, pending satisfactory arrangements. This is the type of opportunity we've been working for - carrying out worthwhile projects through cooperative efforts of all chapters, bringing employment to mnny WASPs. The fact that we can offer representation allover the country is a valuable asset and this "Airport Directory" project, if successfully handled, should lead to other good job opportunities for the Order of Fifinella. Write Gloria Heath, 405 Park Ave., NYC.
Gloria Heath, Chairman Public Relations 405 Park Avenue New York, N.Y. Committee: Betty Jane Williams Betty Haas Gloria Heath This is just a skeleton committee. Many more will be needed to serve in various capacities. If you are interested, let us know.
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1••.•. R.1IIler, 44-g, has Just callPlet.d a trip frCIIII California to the Eaat coa.t and return in an exper1llltnta abip, the Volmer Vl-2l. Flyid as a test pilot is not a new experience for her aa she serYe4 as a test pilot in the lfASP. 1.an holda a cCllllllerciallicense with t'light instructor III1d multi-engine ratiD8s. She hu more than 700 hours t'lying t1llla. Prior to takiug this Job, ahe worked aa a t'light inatructor at Rinraide, Cal., quitting to fly the Volmer, for as ahe aaya, " it'a not every day you would get a chanc. to f17 llI1NXplane to the aast coast and return and the prospects of that trip, plus the wonderful exp.rieno. at ,croas-country navigation, was too good a chance to pasa up. I had overlooked the publicit:n 118 did get a lot of it. (hcloaed olipptilgs to the Newsletter show.d tiDe ooverage in .very oity at whioh 8I1estopped, including s.veral front page atories with BIllIG headlines and piotures.) You oan rest 8lIsured I plugged the WASP .very chanc. I got. J.10 the oOlllPletion of the trip, lee fouDd su had cover.d 5858 milea and had been gone 31 daya. H.r rout. waa: 'fan NUTS,eelit'., Phoenix, 'ruaoon, El Paso, Dallaa, IlfiImphl8, ayton, Pittsburg llI1dWashington, D.C. Returning D via Dayton, In41aJl8pol1a, Chioago, IlUnuk811, St. Louia, '1'ulaa, J.bel1ne, El Puo, Phoenu: llIldVan Nuya. She put in 80 hours in the Volmer, includi~' cheok-out llI1ddemonstration ridea at Wright Fisld. / .1 m.t WASPa r people who knew one at moat every o ti.Id. Man7or the girle were most helpful in obtaining hotel rooms for me and driving me into town. It ns alnTa 11ll:emeeting an old friend", lean writes. Th. Vollller 18 uanut'actured by the Vollller-earssow J.iroraft Caapa., of Loa Angelea. En route, the plene stopped at wright Fiald, Dayton, tha A.rr1I7 Forcea Exper1lllental J.ir
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The plane has an unusual appaal'B11c., haviug two landing wheels, a main whe.l under the fuselage and a taU wheel in place of the oonventional three. The piane lands on the two main wheels, its aPeed beiug aurficient to maintain balance. Once the plane slows down it rests on two small outrigger wheels uDder each wing. In flight these wheels fold t'lush with the wing and are 10were4 after lendiug and as the plane slows d01ll1, Outstanding features of the Vl-21 are: pusher type engine which 18 •• safety factor, eliminating p08llibUity of pa.senger. to •• lk into the prop on entering cabin; exoellent visibility, le •• noia. in the cabin, windshield free from oil, 1IIIpoasibility to damageprop in event of emergenoy landiugj bicyole type gear which makes it impossible to nose over plane in event of emergency lendlug, and autOlllobile type door, whioh affords greater ease in entering cabin. The plene attracted a great deal of attention everywhere it landed,' due to its unusual sppearance. Most concerned were the control tower operators. The tower operator at Phoenix, called frantically to lean as she was about to land, "Lower your gear, your gear is upl. En route to Dallas, an airline pilot ~otted the plene and radioed to Dallas tower, "There i. something flying your way but I don't know what it is 80 be on the lookout," Most tower operators, after viewiug tha plane through binoculars, call lean and ask, "I'Ihat type aircraft are you? "e do not see any landlng gear--bow do you lend? Several fields have sent out a car ,to tow the plene in, thinking the ship is a powered glider.
LETTER FROM MISS COCHRAN Thi s sUlllller Gene Landman wrote to Miss Cochran concerning the exclusion of women from the 1947 Goodyear Race at the Cleveland National Air Races. The following is Miss Cochran's reply, in its entirety, which she has given permission to be reprinted. "I don't blame you (Gene) for being indignant over the exclusion of women from this year's Goodyear race, as expressed in your letter of August 16. Several WASPs have wri tten me along the same line and occasionally I detect a hidden question whether I was not an approving party to this exclusion because I am on the committee. 1 worked like a beaver as a committea member to get thia race opened to women. In fact, during the last committee meeting at the Town House in Los Angeles, I nearly made the other members of the committee angry with me over my insistence on this point. I'could have resigned from the committee in protest but that would have obtained nothing for anyone, whereas by finally accepting the unanimous vote of the others and playing along, I "lived, to fight another day." The fact is that 1 wae one of the originators of this race and I believe sacond only to Benny Howard in this respect. 1 helped through Harry Bruno, and otherwise, to sell the idaa to Goodyear. I think this race bids fair to being the most important one of all frcm the standpoint of the advancement of aviation, apart from being excellent from the spectators standpoint. The reasons why women were excluded this year were .varied but I will state the most important ones: It is unknown yet how dangerous this race will be and they want to have it a permanent feature of the Air Races with Goodyear backing. If women had been permitted to enter ond some woman had been killed during this first race, there was a chance tha t Goodyear would back away and the race would not be run again at Cleveland. It seems thet the drama and reaction of injury or death to a woman is greater than in the case of s man - at least, to the men, and many proponents of the race thought this would be particularly true in the case of the head of Good,'ear. In the sacond placa, some of those whom they wented to build eh ips for the race might not have done so if they were going to fly ageinst women and they (the committee members and baCkers) were terribly anxious due to the lateness of the date to have enough small planea built and entered to make tha race a success. As one pilot expressed it, he didn't want to tip hie hat every time he went around a pylon or to fly wide for fear of nicking the wing of a ship being flown by a ifASP. As it is, we have the race established, over twenty plenes have been built to specifications, there will be many races by thase planes around the country during tha year in which wamen probably will not be barred and another year is coming up with enother opportunity. I am planning after this first race is oTer, to go direct to the Goodyeer people end put in e plea for the wamen in next year's race, I have already done considerable missionary work along this li,ne. I don't know whether you know it or not but the exclusion of women from all the mix •• races at Cleveland, d other than the exception I obtained years ago for the Bendix, goes back to the death of a girl in one of the pylon races. The opening up of the Bendix to wanen was no essy chore. It was back in 1935 and I finally had to go sround and get a written consent end waiver from every other contestant. Then, having gone to so much trouble and having stirred up so much commotion. I took the biggest risk of my life to make good. On the afternoon before the night take-off, both the plane manufacturer and the Pratt Whitney people came to me and asked me not to fly because neither the plane nor the engine was fit to fly. The plane, which got into the air three days before for ita trial flight, had a bad tail vibration which they claimed would shake the plane to piaces before Cleveland could be reached. I said I would have to take off neverthelesa and go as far as possibla. Then came the night of the take-off and efter all contestants had gotten away, except one man and myself. a fog rolled in. The other pilot took off and killed himself st the end of the field in a crash. The racing authorities asked me to stay
on the ground, insisting that I would be killed. They had no authority to ground me so I took off with an ambulance and fire truck following me down tha runway. My plane barely claared the ground at the end of the field and my trailing antenna was taken off by the fences. I had to get to 10.000 feet before I saw the first star and that meant going back and forth between the mountain and the ocean rather than in a atraight climb with the engine at take-off speed to hold me in a climb at all becauee it was underpowered for the heavy load. Tha engine carried me as far as Arizona before it burned out which was the end of that first race for me. I thought then, and I think now, that if I had not taken off. even though I hed no prospects of getting through, women would have been barred the next year. But I have learned things since then and would never do it again. In fact. in 1939 with the fastest plane in the race, 1 got caught in a ground fog after the others had taken off and I sat in my plane at the end of the runway, waiting for the fog to lift until I could not reach Cleveland by six o'clock and then rolled the plene beck into the hangar. \nd what a wise thing it was because when I took off a few days later 1 found the turn and bank indicator was stuck--which would' not have been so eood in a fog. \1hat you said in your letter about my efforts for the nASPe pleased me greatly. I get pretty sad over the failure of the militarization bill whenever I see some of the WASPs haviDg a tough time. for the militarization would have given them all the benefits of the G.I. Bill of Rights and probab~ reserve privileges. Many of the girls were misled for reasons I understood perfectly but could do nothing about without disrupting the organization. Some of them oame on the Hill in washington and lobbied against the Bill. Without this opposition from same of the WASPs themselves, we would have won out. notwithatanding the unfortunate break just at that time concerning the male civilian pilots and their consequent opposition to letting the girls in. We had only a margin of ten votes against us. However, I have by no means given up the fight and I am working constantly and with considerable hope to give the women pilots a psrmanent. recognized place in the future." /s/ Jacqueline Cochran
The National ~eronautic Association has asked us to help the various State Aeronautics Commissions in carrying out the airport inspection for this year's NAA Safety Campaign. The servieos of ell WASPS, espeoially of those working on the campaign lest year, will be muoh appreoiated. Contect Your State DirectClr. NAA feels we could help most in inspection of airports the state officials consider doubtful.
THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW Dolores Reed. 44-1, writes that the reason She couldnot IIlllke the Reunion. is Robert G •• Jr., now 19-months old, and Mary Kathleen, who arriTed on Sept. 5 of this year. Isabells MoCrae.44-3. is moving to san FrancIsco wnere her husband. in the Navy. is waiting further assignment which IIlllY mean GU8DI or other points west. She writes that .illie Peacock Kslly. 43-4, Pensaoola. is the mother of a baby boy. born in July and Florence LAwler Robereon. 43-2. Mineola, Long Island, became the mother of a baby girl. Gail Patricia. in May, Her husband 18 in the army and bas been flying for General Stratameyer. Isabelle edds that Dorothy Moulton, 44-3, ie still employed at David Monthan in Tusoon. She is a membs!' of a flying club aDi is doing scae crosscountry flying in a Luscombe. Isabelle got her instructor's rating this lIummer and is planning to try for her instrument rating. Another one of our gala at Davis Monthan is Marjorill Ketcham Deaoon. 43-1. Her hUsband is GOA officer there. Marjorie lists her home. 3637 South Bronson Road. as s WlSP nest for trsveling "sisters under the skin."
Dorothy LOUisa Banoroft, 44-6, was married September 2nd to David Mills Hammett.
THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TC KNOW ••• Jane Lind, 44-10, wes ::Erried May 9, 1947 in Fres.ary no. California, to ::apt. Coleman Sellers. whOC1 ahe "let while she wes working for the d.merican ~bassy in Lima, Peru. She and Captain Sellers are not at the following addresa: Hdq. CDC G-3. -=l.uarry Keights, Canal Zone. I.:ary Jane writes tbat Army wives ere allowed to fly in Govern:nent aircraft 30 minutes a year. but that her husband has promisted to take up an AT-6 and then "faint" for a time. Verna Mae Lowe. 44-2. now Yora. I. L. Jennings, ia teaching ground achool to GI's at Falcon Field. Ariz., though her address is Box lll. Williams .Field. Chandler. Williams Field. ahe says, is the only field in the US that is set up for P-BO training. and is expecting to expand now that the unification project is started.
tuey Dubiel JohnllOn. 44-6. sends greetings frOCl Kassel, Carmany to all the WASPs, especially to the gals of her class whom she hopes to get to see at next year's reunion. Thinks she'll be in California by then but in the meantime is seeing whet she can of Europe -- "had a wonderful week in Paris, another week of skiing at Berchtesgeden, and toured Holland in tulip time. This swmner I've hed to stay feirly close to home while ""itbg for the bab;; to arrive. My little girl nIl be two in September nod ••. thought a brother would be e a welcome present. Trouble is •• got more then we bargained e for -- the doctor says its twinsl" Betty Wall, 44-1. become interested in Wing Scouting at the Ponca City Reunion and has started a troop in her hane town. She says it isn't very large :;et, but she has hopes of it growing and really becoming a good troop one of tbese days. Virginia H. Yates, 43-6, hss been in the European Theater since the last of June, '47, snd is interested in knowing if there are other ex-nASPs near her. She's been in Munich but was being transferred sevea:al days sfter her letter of llov. 1. to Bad Tolz. says she's seen several and heard of other WAsPs nearby. "Prospects of civilian flying in the US zoae seem renate. Probably resort to doing such on weekends in Switzerland and similsr places where its not verboten. ~ office phone in Bsd Tolz is 349, just in case." Her sddress st the time of her letter was: Library Section. 550. Hq., First Military District. APO I, c/o PM, ~ew York. In June, Mary Thoits, 44-10, wrote. that she was finishing college and preparir~ to heed for the States in another month after a stay in Durham City. England. Said she was doing a bit of flying, though nothing like on the scale of that she did in the \\AsPs. Kate Lee Harris Adams, 44-2, snd husband Bob are back at Lafayette, Indiana where Bob is going to school at Purdue. Margery Moore Holben. 43-4, sent regrets from Tsingtao. China that she could not attend thePonca City Reunion. Her address is in care of her husband, Lt. D.C. Holben. US Me. I Co •• 3rd Bn •• 4th Marines, r.M.F. Western Pacific, c/o FPO, Ssn Frencisco, Calif. Betty Berkstresser extends an invitation to all WASPS travelling through Houaton, Texas to spend the night with her at 6406 Stratton. Ann Ufer, 44-4, is still working for the CAA as a communicator at their range station in Summit Alaska, which she describes as a rather isolated spot between Fairbanks and Anchorage. Fran Kit MacKethan Martin. 44-2, "I'm enjoying working in DC and find my work in the Orfice of the Under Secretary most interesting. " Betty Pettit has accepted a position as a sky-writing pilot snd is workinG on aerial advertising proootion in Indianapolis 18, Ind. Street address: 4335 E. 34th street. Lucille R. Carey, 44-5. is instr~cting and helping with office work at the Johnson Flying service. Greenwood, S.C.
Celia Hunter, 4~-5. snd Virginia Hill, 43-4. ~re attending school i~ Djursholm. Sweden. or rsther. are living in Djureholm wh~le the)' 61"e enrolled at the Universitl' or ~tockholm. Celia writes: Virginia and myself represent the llASP 8I!longthe 35 students taking this special course at the University, ArrEngements for the course were me.de through the cooperation of the Institute for International Education and too SCandinavian-American Foundation. with the sup!,ort of the Swediah government. It is designed to ccquaint American students with the meD7 aepecte or Scandinavien culture, including en intensive atudy of the Swedish language. and later. of Scandinavian political. IIOcial, and economic problems and institutions. '!eterans were given preference for acceptance. and minimum requirements included two years of collega. while a degree 1I8S IIXlre desirable. The girls learned. sbout the course while they were in Aleska and they si'8nt their year there holding down two jobs each in order to earn the neces88ry eash to meet the i500 tuition charge and to save enough additional cesh to support themeleves for the school term. Both reel the unt'airness of their situatioo. as they have to be responsible for their own expenses while the other veterans ere of course given all benefits of the Bill of RiBhts. Celia wrote asking for information as to what steps have been taken by the WASP as an organization to try snd have our group included in the 01 Bill. ~ report is being put together on that question, as there probably are more girls who also wwld like to knOll" the snswer. Celia's address is: c/o Capt. Falke Keleher, Sturevagen 12, Djursholm, Sweden. Ann Morgan Staples. 43-7, is now at Wright Field with her husband. Emmy Drummond 43-7, has gone into bu'siness for herself. She calls it tbe Drummond Demonstrator Service offices located in Hollywood. Cal. Dot Kielty, 43-7, was injured in an automoblle scc ident in Tueuncari. N. 101 •• while returning from a recent galt tournament. The ear turned oyer twice. but it is understood that her injuries were not extensive and she is reported ••• on the road to recovery. 11 The accident took place on October 1. Lola Perkins, on September 43-6, was married to James 12, 1947 in Honolulu. H Johnson
Sue Booth Huff, 44-6, is little boy, Charles III, Inn Mary Dance Cay became Quist Mrs. took Tom the
the proud mother of a born August 16th, 1947 White on on August the same 24th. day. E.
Irene McConihay, Leahy.
Nadine Canfield Nagle, 44-9, was married on April 13th to Francis ~. Nagle Jr. He is a Lt. in the Air Corp stationed with the Mobile Training Unit at Chanute Field, Illinois. They met while she was a Red Cross recreation director at Chanute. They are now at Mather Field, California, where he is having B-29 transition. Francie Meisner, 41-10, Her husband is a pilot, China, England, and The is now having United Mrs. John R. Park. flown in Canada, States. the of former a baby
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harding of Dallas, Lela Loudder(43-7), are proud parents boy, Ben, born October 6. Mickey Scott ment, Stevenson, on October bearing an
43-7, announced the arrival of 16th with a very clever annouceaeronautical twist.
Betty ~all became Mrs. Arthur Roberts on December 27th with her four sisters, neice, brother-in-law all taking part in the ceremony. It is quite a family affair.
Dear Former Member
of the WASP:
You did a commendable job as a Women's /:i rforce 8e-rvice Pilot! V;e are proud of you! Pnd just AS you did a purposeful job then, we are carrying on l'vithpurposeful 1'/ork through the Or'der of Fifinella,. contributing to the adv~ncernent of aviation. I'm sure you will want to help NOW as you did then. Let me quote a letter which we received from one of our sponsors 2t the second National Convention, which was held this 9ast August in Poncn City, Oklahoill<l. "Perhaps we anticipated something lighter them you proved to be. YJe expected you to be fans for flying, to be sure, and devotees of the sociable phases of life, but we were conscious of a little surprise to find such a serious loyalty to aviation as something much more than an amusing sport for you-- a really fiery sense of obligation to keep on aiding the thing by means of which you played your very substantial part in the war. We were sure we saw an unhesitating willingness to sacrifice again if necessary. You adjusted us and we place you now right up there with our combat soldier sons. You should get around more. You have a mission which deserves the greatest respect and the country as a whole should know it better.tl In c.ddition to the' personal you will receive: 1. A vec:r's subscription satisfaction of participating in our program,
to tlWASP NEWSLETTER".
2. A colorful membershin card. 3. WASP ROSTER, listine: ('.11 clesses,
names and addresses. 4. Fifinello dec[lls, pc.tches, WASP rings, wings, etc. along with some t"JOuscmds of items for every use Pot considerable discount to llelp build lfEl.:DRIAL UND. The sale of these items was arrcmgec3 F for your convenience and saving. 5. The chance to take an :;Ictivepart in many national aviation projects. f3. The oppor.tuni ty to continue ~;:I~SPfriendships.
We will be happy to have you join 9ur group, an organization at this time restricted to former W~SPs, WASP trainees, and WASP administrative officers. Annual dues are $5.00. If you are already a member, won't you pass the good word along to a friend. ~ ORDER OF FIFINELLA 3629 LAVELL DRIVE LOS ANGELES, 41, CALIF. As ~v , . () BettY! J~lliams . PI' sident
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