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CONTENTS Pennsylvania CAF Boom in World Airways Air Po~iey Commission Report What Are We Working For? WASPs In Television Show A Guy Named Joe A Wonderful Illusion We Protest 1 Holiday With Wings CAA To Develop First North-South Skyway Thumbnail Sketch of Women in Aviation Chapter News
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Betty Jane Williams, President 300 Main Street Apt. 5E White Plains, New York Hazel Raines Irene I. Crum Vice-President Sec.-Treasurer

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These officers compose the Executive Committee, and are also ~embers of the Advisory Soard.

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Advisory Board Faith F. Buchner Mickie Carmichael Betty Haas Mary E. McFadden Carol Brinton Elizabeth Watson "Dodie" I. Aspell

lllinois Texas New York Washine;t::mD.C , Los Angeles Los Angeles Ex-Officio

The WASP NEWSLETTER is published bi-monthly by the Order of Fifinella. This organization was fomed prior to the inactivation of the Women's Airforce Service Pilot program, December 20, 1944. It is legally incorporated under the corporate seal of California. This publication is devoted prliuarily to the activities of the ~~SPs and other pertinent infor.nation regarding "women in aviation. If

Hally Stires, Exec.-Sec. National Headqusrters 3629 Lavell Drive Los Angeles 41, California

Anne Berry Editorial Office
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P~NNSYLVAN'AC.A.~ TO 13[ TRAINbD AS INDUSTRIAL POLICh
As paat affilictes of the Army Air Corps and U.S. Civil Air Patrol, and as present citizens with stock in the future, it'a possible you'll following story on proposed activities for the Civil Air Patrol interesting. possibly tha and votera find the Pennsylvania Colonel Philip Neuweiler •••hss been its ~sher in Pennsylvania. T.aking a lesson from Hitler's Gestapo, Gol. I:euweiller proposes to make the Civil Air !atrol an organization of stool pigeons. Gol. lieuweiller asks industrialLts and othar business men to secure at least one person in their e~ploy to join the Cli. Than the)' will turn over to t',is enlistee any person in their employ whom they think miett heve communistic or subversive tendencies. The CAP will do the rest. Except that the financing of the program will be provided by the businesa men. "This is the firat opportunity the buainess men have had to do something about thia growing me nace of COllImunism," saya tpe doughty Colonel. He adds: "We of the Civil Air Patrol are going to call a spade a spade and do something about it." When I first read that remark, this is what popped into my mind - I wonder wha t Heinrich Himmler called a spade. I doubt whether Col. Neuweiller is the originator of the new idea for a loyalty police. Inasmuch as the facilities of the U S Army are going to be made available for the education of our new C:estapo, I think we have a right to suspect that the Armo' is behind the movement. Col. l'euweiller encourages that suspicion by declaring that the program also will be started in other states through the Civil Air Patrol. There is no state law providinG for this sort of police. There is no Federal law providing for this sort of police. As a matter of fact, both State and !,'ederalConsti tutions guarantea the citizens against this sort of thing. Yet, through tha cooperation of the Army and the placement of this fascist program in the handa of the quasiofficial Civil Air Patrol a aituation has been created whereby oppression and intimidation can be practiced without benefi t of lew. The Civil Air Patrol will not have to engage in any rough stuff. It needs only to smear, as the Thomas Committee of Congress does, any citizen who might not find favor in the eyes of soce industrialist, and his character will be ruined and his livelihood taken away from him. Any person who speaks up will subject himself to investigation by this Gestapo, and if the Gestapo doean't like the way he parts his hair, he will be da~ed as a subvarsive and ruined. lJut the rough stuff will follow. When an outfit outside the law undertakes police powers, there is bound to be rough stuff. The kind of organization proposed is such as to attract the ignorant and officious. We saw it all happen in GeDnany long to a tte:opt to stop it. los a many which could have been raised ced by death or driven out of the before. Garmany waited too result the voicea in Gerto call a halt were silenoountry.

According to the York, Pennsylvania, Gazette and Daily, and tho radio program, CBS Views the Press, presented by Don Hollenbeck each saturdey et 6:15 over r.cBS, the Pennsylvania wing of the Civil Air Petrol hes asked industrialiste and busineesmen of the etete to help support a CAP program which would trein employeee selected by these businessmen to watch for and report eny fellow employees known to have communietic or subversive tendencies. The proposed ection wae not widely publicized by the newspapers and redio although Hollenbeck quotes Capt. Norman Griffin, Pennsylvania CAP information officer, aa saying that 500 lattars had gone out to Keystone Stete pepers esking their cooperation in the plen, and that there had been a good response. The plan, which was attacked by the York~, was reportedly launched by Col. Phillip F. Neuweiller, CAP commander in Pennaylvania. The newapeper cleims that Colonel Neuweiller announced in e preas release: "We feel that some dey, and, possibly sooner then we expect, an ettack may be mede egainst th~ shores of the U. S. by SOr.Je unfriendly foreign nation. MaIl1 of us in CAP are certain that any open end violent attack egainst the peece of the U.S. will be preceded by en intensive, enemy guided 'softening up' campaign utilizing sabotege, es~ionage, propaganda, and 100llYother underground, subversive activities. It ie against activities of this type that CAP, with adequate and proper training, cen help. No other nation Can hann the U.S. if we are prepared. We feel that another Pearl Harbor can be evoided if we are prepared now and are not lulled to sleep by nice warde from the Russian heade. The CAP proved iteelf an important part of the home defenee during the past war end, we feel that we can now be more effective in avoiding dieaeter in the next. We are eeking the induetrialiste and bueineesmen of Pennsylvania for three things: first, that they enlist at least one member of their firm in'CAP and have them teke this coursej second, report via this enlistee, ell persons in their organization known to heve communietic or subversive tendencies; third, lend any finencial eupport they ere eble, so thet CAP can carry out this program. This is the firat opportunity the buaineesmen heve hed to do something about communism. Wa of the Civil Air Patrol ere going to call e spade a epa de and do something about it." Hollenbeck stated over the air on January 31 thet in this plan set forth by the CAP, candidates for its police force will be screened by the FBI and Pennsylvanie stete police, end will receive instruction at the Army's counter-intelligence school at Baltimore. He went on to say that Capt. Griffin told CBS there had been considerable interest in the plan as first announced, both among business men and candidates for the jobs--that as of ~edne8day (Jan. 28) about 200 men had made application, and that some of these were already being screened. In a column denouncing York Gazette's assistant the CAP'a propoaed program, the editor, Harry E. Sharkey, wrote:

The time for every American to speak up againa this invasion is now. The time for the Federal Government and the State Government to end it is now." Hollenbeok reported that hia station, which did soma research on tha atory, hes a letter from Capt. James Bean, assistant public information officer of the air force in which he says: "The original release sent out by a me~ber of Col. Neuweiller's staff from the Pennsylvania wing was in itself inaccurate and misleading •••lt was never the intention of the CAP to foster an independent movement that would parallel the efforts of U~ already existing internal security organization." The letter further points out that the already .inaoourate and misleading release had been subjected to further distortion in tha columns of the York Gazette. ~ybe," the CBS newsman commentad, "but it aeeme difficult to diatort that one request of the Colonel'e: that Pennaylvania buaineasmen and industrialists furnish oandidatea for a aecret polioe foroe trained and expeoted to report on fellow workers.-

"It has been said over and over again that when Fascism oomes to the United States it will be wrapped in the American flag and will olaim the Dall>lof 100 per cent A:uericanilllll,

It has arrived aocording pinge expected.

to schedule and baaring

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BY SIR WTLLIA)[ I'EHCIVAL IIILDRED
Intrrllatioll:l!

Director General Ail' Tran .• port Association

It is uMortunate that no", ss ever, the noise of great discord at one level of human interest drowns the sweeter sounds of harmony at other levels. Everyone kno"s, for instance, "hat Mr. Vi shinsky thinks of Mr. Dulles, but there are no headlines for Russian admiration of Americen production techniques, or Shostakovich ss a concert favorite ot Americans. SUnilarly the world heare seldom ot those vital activities which are daily being carried on in an atmosphere of healthy international understanding and cooperation. There are many such, but my own tield ot air transport provides perhaps the best example. Just a tew weeks ago tha International Air Transport Association, which 1s the cooperative organization of tho international airlines - some 63 of than fram same 40 countries _ held its Third General Meeting. When lATA was formed, in April of 1945, many of the airlines for whom the founders signed and many "no have since becoao me:nbera had not even begun operations. The groundwork of the associution was laid while the "ar was still on. One great airline, for instsnce, was cor,lposedof an office under close t';azisurveillance in an occu~ied city and a COMpletely disassociated short line frol:l J.!iemito Curacao. Another was smply an idea in the heads of exiled airmen flying a transport wing for the Royal Air Force. In little more than two yeare the international route pattern - before the war a disjointed network 150,000 miles long - has been extended to 500,000 miles, serves 200 oountries, territoriee, colonies or islands. Europe 1s

caught in a tight web of routes, over which the night mail and fraight planes now run tha yeer round. Twenty-five services a dsy shuttle across the North Atlantic. If you would go to Prague, for instance, 10 airlines will get you there from points as far distant as New York, Oslo, Cairo or Karachi; And there" are 13 services a "eek to Bangkok. During lQ46, the airlines of the world completed nine billion passenger miles of service. This year, their record w111 be even higher. Dur ing the summer, the number of air passengers across the Atlantic has run as high as 6,000 a week. Air transport is still subject to seasonal variations, but frequantly the passengers are lUnited only by cspacity. At the same tUne, the internetional airplane has emarged from the war for the first time as' the carrier of losds in bulk. On sane routes the cargo accounts for more ra yload than passengers. A numbar of line s are now regularly operating ell-cargo schedules. And with new planes end experimental rates, the airlines are preparing to carry ever greater cargoes ot goods and idsas between nations. The latest bulk con~odity to be cerried by air, incidentally, is immigration. Thousands have been trensported this year fran Europe to a ne" life in Canada, and far more airimmigrants are scheduled to go naxt year. The airline s which ha ve ,done all this I fly, as I have said, the flags of very many netions. The airline fleet in international service now totals ovar 2,000 aircraft, some ot them are amall aDd sane huge, multi-engined two-deckers. They employ direotly almost half a million people and indirectly

provide work for millions more. ~hey have an annual turnovar of ",ore than a billion dollars a ~'eer, earned and apent at thousands of a irports throughout the world. The airlines would '>e the first to Ad"it that t~is is only an interim service they now render, but the fact that they have been able to do so much in so relatively short a time is a ma gnificent example of human resilience llI1d determination. Yet internetional cooperation - between governments and airlines - has been e"ually "ecessary to international air tranaport because gover~~nts control the air above their territories as well es the ground facilities beneath. Just as an airline sends out its own survey planes to check every detail 01' operation all along a round-theworld route, its government must send out diplomatic survey perties, so to spesk, to obtain all tha neceasary clearances and permits from other governmenta along the way. In the course of obtaining those clearances, there must be many adjustments of law snd regulation, eo that the pilots of one country will be eccredited by others, so that netional conceptions of air-worthiness will be the seme and standards of aafety e~ually high evar~~~8.

Bemada

Agreement

of 19411.

So far, I have sald little about what the airlines heve done themselves in the way of international cooperation. The lATA Conferences are actually a good point at which to begin that story, for they are the point at whioh the benefita of that cooperation are finally pasaed on to the world public. The rate polioy adopted by the Confarences is that charges for an airline aervice ehould be based, not on what the traffio will bear, but on what it coets to provide an effioient service. lATA'e intereats ere wide and its functions meny, but they all boil down to a oampaign to make air transport safer, faster, more efficient and more accessible to more people by standardization, unification and simplification of all types of procedures, practicea and equipment. Each economy achieved by thie process is reflected in the cost analyses made by the Conferences and by the same token, in final rate reoommendations. Into IATA'a work in the technical, traffic, legal and financial fields, tha airlines have put a moat respectable in.vestment. They spend $1100,000 a year on IATA directly and oontribute millions of dollars' worth of the time of their beat men to its committeea and conferences. LATA is basically a world bank of aeronautical knowledge and experience, into which it can draw, without atint, on the expert knowledge of others. It ia the agency whereby the airlines are able to resolve jointly those problems which thay cannot surmount alone. Another basic principle is close and cordial cooperation with ICAO. There are many probl€lllsin world a 1r transport yet to be solved, little ones like agreement on temperature accountability ratings st internetional airports and big ones like conflicte of taxation. We are still battling like fiends against an intolerable maze of cuatoms and immigration red tape which can, if uncheckad, literally slow air tranaport down to a walk. There is also a gap in the world pettarn of agreement, for the Soviet Union haa not yet joined ICAO. Nor has its air transport enterprise, Aeroflot, joined lATA. We asaume, howevar, that this neglect ie due to reasons which are good and sufficient to the Soviet government and it is my own conviction that sooner or later Ruasia's interest in international air transport will be more active. In the meanwhile, the latchstringa of both organizations are out - ae a matter of fact, ICAO kept open for a year a saat on her Counoil for the U.S.S.R. - and I can say for lATA that Soviet obaervers are welcome at our msetings at any time. The good record of international cooperation achieved in aviation is not very different from that in other field a such as meteorology and telecommunications. I do not think the men and wanen concerned wi th these enterprises have any spscial talent for amiability or any black magic that will cause tha Hon and the lamb to lie down together for anything but a lamb dinner. They can, however, be credited with a fund of commoll.senae urge enough to realize first, that there is no virtue for e single country in putting up with obstaclee that ths common action of all countriea can reduoe, and second, that no government ever lost sovereignty or power by cooperating with others in making life more comfortable and eafer for ita citizens.

Beto,... -.zo, ,-en1:. _roe oneil tan po~ lad ~eir cl!laThrg of rtll:lb" ~e!ll.. Willl!: M ~ tox-..l~, ho_ ever, the allied nations met at Chicago in the winter of 194445 while. the war was still in progreas, and proceeded to build a scaffoling of multilateral agreement. It was not and is not yet complete, but it hes been sufficient to get things going.
A major achievement of Chicago has been the International Civil Aviation Organization which six months ago emerged from its provisional status. On behalf of governments, ICAO has done the difficult job of bringing into a degree of consonance the rules, regulations and facilities of many countries and helping provide them in territoriea which cannot afford them. IalO has not, by any meana, finished its job. No agency conaerned with avistion can ever reat. And ICAO has a limitation in that ita decisions are not directly enforceabla: they take the form, rathsr, of recommendationa for standards and practices which only individual member governments can make effect ive. Neverthelesa, the extent of agreement on technical matters reachad during the past 18 months is probably unparallelled in any other field of activity. Governments have, as well, devoted themselves to the building of the infrastructure of the new air tranaport - the airports, and all they contain, the meteorological and communications services, the airways and the like. In the one inatance of instrument lsnding systems, for example, 100 of these aids ere already installed at major airports in the United Statas, the European network should be completed in 1948 and progress is being made in Cana"a and South Amerioa. Ths Chicago Conference did not have the same bmnediate auaae.s in the fiBld of economia agreement as it did in its teahnical phases. The air transport of many countries has not yet reached financial self-aufficiency. This anxiety, among others, has so far stood in the way at univeraal approval of a multilateral agreement on the soaalled Firth Freedom traffic - the right of anybody'. airline to piak up business in anybody's territory, so long a. it does not enter into domeatic carriage outside its own oountry. But other and more limited agreements, drafted acoording to patterna laid down at Chioago, have made poasible most of the operations desired by the airlines and their governmenta. Tha eoonomio conflict epitomized by differences between America and Britain was resolved at tha working level by the

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Have we dared to give up the hope for peace? Are we allowing ourselves to be drifted toward war? What is this sense of hopelessness about keeping the peace? How do you feel about peace in our time ••are you working for it? Contrary to the expressed opinion of many Fifinellas that we musn't discuss such things - they verge on becoming political subjects - I say we must not only express ourselves but discuss it, and work and fight for peace. The importance of establishing and 100 intaining a peaceful world transcends eny of our political bellefs ••or professional attitudes. Suddenly we are faced with a budget that calls for 11 billiona for the armed services. The Air Policy Commiasion Report would require the addition of at least 3 billion more. Forward projections estimate that by 1953 thi8 figure would be 40 to 50 billion8. Are we transforming ourselves into a rigid economy of war preparedness, burdened with huge military budgets?, Every development along thia line worsens the race in aggressive armaments. Has oUr own diplomacy so fallen as to be uaeless except in exchanging notes and threats~ What are we doing to the United Nations by acting without and around it, by refusing to strengthen it while arming ourselves to the teeth? Not even the President, not the Secretary of State, not the Secretary of Defense, none, denies that the only hope for a peaceful, united and secure world lies strangling at I.ake Success while we concentrate our attention and money on arms for war. We know that the United Nations cannot be successful in bringing life instead of death to our world if its decisions can be sabotaged by a minority group of aggressor states. We have oome to a pO'int where we accept without analysis or question statements like the one contained in the Finletter report: -Even the most optimistic view of the United Nations does not assure ua that the United Nations will develop in time the necessary authority to prevent another war •• But why? Who has caused the record of the United Nations to read this way? We must accept a ahare of the responsibility. We continue to make unilateral decisions and to ally ourselves with enemies of the United Nations. We arm them. We support them. And we dare to continue to ann, using the UN's weakness as an excuse when we are making her weakness more critical each day that we withhold support from the arming of an International Force. In the name of security we demand military power ••but we refuse to secure our one hope for peace. Are we backing UN decisions? No. We voted for ~artition of Palestine in agreement with the majority of the world. states. We turn around and place an Arms Embargo on Palee. tine, knowing that Arabian arms sre being bought for that country by her contacts. Neither have we lifted our voice against the Arabs for their flagrant violation of the UN'. orders, which we oursclves had a part in formulating. We determined our policy in Greece (the so called TrumBn Doctrine) without aDy con.ideration of the exi.tance of the
UN.

(Perhaps mo st of you have read news accounts of the report of the <'resident's Air lo'olicyCommission which was r.B de ;JUblie on'January 13. Because of the importance of this r8port in its ramifications, wtich effect the future of the United States - which is us - und because of the proven interest we have in aeronautics, the following is a precentation of SC~ of the r."p"rt's high points, particularly as it deals with the military aspect '- e j)hase with which the Co:n:nission fnostl:;concerned itself. A comprehensive 9UIIlOaryof the roport was ,Jrinted in t"e Ja~ ry 14 issue of the Kew York Time:;. 'rhe su.-nnaryis worth obteining and reading fully.)

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To be prepared by 1952 to cope attack on the United States with dent's Air ~olicy Commission has substantially increase its budget taining its sir powsr. "i th a possible sustained atomic weapons, the Presirecommended thst our country for developing and main-

For 1948, it asks an Air Force allotment of ';;4,150,000,000, an increase of ~1,300 ,000,000 over the $2,850,000,000 currently scheduled; and a still further increase in 1949 of ~1,300,000,OOO ov&r the '48 total. According to the Commission, the strategic concept for the defense of the United states must be based on air j)ower, and for strategic j)urposes we must divide the future, into two parts - "th" j)resent l'huse I, during which we =y assume that we heve a monopoly on atomic weapons, and ;'haso II, the time when other nstions will have stomic weapons in quantity and the equipment to deliver them in a sustained attack on the United ~tates mainland." This time, they estuuste, may be about 1952. cur present Air Force, in the Commission's opinion, is inadequate even for Phase I when we are relatively free from the danger of attack and is hopelessly wanting in respect of the future Phase II period when a serious denger of atomic attack will exist. The Commission advsnces its belief that the United States will be secure in an absolute sense only if the institution of "ar itself is abolished under a regime of law. However, it adds tha t "even the most optimist ic view of the record of the United Nations does not assure us that the United ;,ations "ill devolop in tL~e the necessary authority to prevent another great war." states must have a double-barreled policy a"It must work to achieve goes on. world support ,and development of the United Nations end at the same time it must prepare to defend itself for the possibility that war may come." "The United
the Co::rJission

brot:.d,"

"Relative security," they say, "will be founded only in a policy of arming the United states so stro:lgl/ (1) that other na.tions vlill hesitate to attack us or our vi tal national interesta end (2) that if we are attaCked, we shall be able to smesh the asaualt at the earliest possible moment." That such a program will be extremely expensive, the Commission admits. Eighty per cent of tje budget for the fiscal year 1948, they j)oint out, is in payment for past war6 and the maintenance of our present military establiShment. Eighty flve .,Jcrcent of our total Federal budgets since 1915 have been for war or j)reparation or payment for war. Nevertheless, the Commission advises that the Air Force, even at considerable cost, be increased from its present lovel to a minimum regulDr esteblish,oent before 1952 of seventy groups with 6,869 first line aircraft, an Air National Guard of 27 groups with 3,212 first line aircraft, and en adequately equipped Z4 group Air Reserve. The level of procurement of new aircraft, the Conuniss'ion goss on, must be high enough to ksep thie force modern at all times. An adequate reserve, now estimated by the Air Forcs at 8,100 aircraft, must be created and kept in a proper state of modernization. The current budget for the Military Establishment totals

People are beginning to ask why. Whet is the purpose ot our activity? Why are we weakening the UN? We are told that we neet this power to tarce peaceful decisions on Russia. Whet of the power we already have but retuse to use to entorce the United Nations? The UN cannot survive unle8s it (continued second column, next page)

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$10,098,000,000, of ~hich $4,050,000,000 iation and the Air Force. is for navel avWHAT ARE WE WORKING fOR?

To carry through the recommendations for a bigger Air Force will require an increase in the Air Force budget fran the prescnt level of ~2,850,OOO,OOO to $4,150,000,000 for the calendar year 1948 and ~5,450,OOO,OOO for the calendar year 1949. 'l:he Commission states tha t the ::avy mus t bunedia tely contract to increase its procur,,,,ent of airplancs in order to equip properly the present fleet with modern planp.s, &s World IVaI' reserves are exhuusted. II That means thut the Navy budget weald r~ve to be upped by t192,OOO,OOO in the calendar year 1948 and by a further ~310,OOO,OOO in the calendar year 1949. The foregoine recQ~endatioas of the Co~,ission would increase the nlilitary budeet from its present rate to ~11,5~O, 000,000 for 1948 end to more thaa 13 billion dollars for the ycar 1949. As a follow up of its own report,
that a similar re}ort if tl:c .c'resident sees

can enforce the deoisions it makes. We know that the interests that do NOT went the UN to survive are doing an active job of sabotaging its work. All of the propagsnda devices that have been in force since before the war was won havo switched millions of we~.sick Americana to a hopeless viewpoint that we must again fight. Russia, our late ally, is suddenly no longer populated by people - only by political aggressors and vicious communists - they were people only when we needed them. Gemany is suddenly more important to us than getting along as citizens of a peaceful total world, large enough to hold widely diverse attitudes and economies and peoples without war. We are listening to those industrialists to whose interests the reconstruction of Germany is more important than the work of the United Nations. We are willing to spend billions for ams -- how much will be spsnt to inaure peace.

the Cor,cission advised

be made everJ.' two yec.rs, or r:;.orn often fit J D:,r a group of fi va ci tiZ0:1S, op-

.'oi"ted by the President and subject to cor.fir.18ion by the t J"J1Lte. This C:::O"P !"iouldreview .the military establishment of the country and its udequac.' in the 1 ight of the then internatio~al ~ilitary Grm ~olitical situation, and submit a rCllort of its findings and recommendations to the <'resident on Janua~' 1 of the year following their appointmcnt the previous June. The Cocl:llission' report also included recommenda tions in s the fields of the aircraft manufacturing industry and in aeronautical research and development. Maintaining that a strone aircraft industry is an essential element in the nation's air power, the Commission stated its belief that the military should purchase aircraft of 30,000,000 to 40 millio,l pounds annually. This, they said, in addition to demands for commercial and private planes would provide a sound basis for expansion in the industry in an emergency. They further recommended that the National Security Resources Board set up an Office of War Mobilization to be held ready for activation upon the declaration of a national emergency and mobilization by the President. In tha field of aeronautical research and devel0l'ment, the Co:nmission cited its belief tr,at the r.tostserLlus shortage was in personnel. They have asked th"t education in the aeronautical sciences be given a high ;Jriority and that us an induceJOC>nt tc tOil-caliber scientists, the present salnry ceiling of ~lO,OOO be re~oved. They advocn te rigid enforce,Jent of wartime secllrit:;measures with respect to advanced aeronaut icol develOpment; a follorl up on the possibilit.' of c:oplo.'int; atomic ener!;:'for thB prollulsion of aircraft; and more coordination of Covern~ent work on reaearch on guided missiles. ~nder Section 4 of the report, entitled Civil Aviation, the Conmission asks that the governme:nt takc steps to reliove what thd Commission calls "one of the mos t serious orises" of the airlines history. If such relief is not offered, the Commission says, it will contribute to the deterioration of the airline service to the public. The second reason the airlines should be kept strong, in the Commissions opinion, is t"at it is a potential military auxiliery. President Truman has issued a special statement of commendation for the Co~nission, stating that the report "will be helpful to the Government in further developing a long-range aviation policy." Those on the Commission were Chaiman ThomHs K. Finletter, a partner in Coudert Brothers; George P. Baker, professor of transportation at Harvard; Arthur D. 7iliiteside, president of Dun & Bradstreat; Palmer Hoyt, publisher of the Denver Post; and John A. McCone, a California industrialist. --

The Air Policy Commission Report calls for a tremendously expensive air program for a netionalistic military security. Mr. Finletter also called for the setting up of international armed forces under the UN to enforce its decisions. It is too bad that this is regarded as of secondary importance in tha report. He implied that before this is done, a new international conference to amend the charter should be called, and the veto eliminated. It is recommended that a body of law outlawing war needs to be created first. Thsse are needed aims, but possible only in a world already dedicated to peace. In ~ world where selfish interesta want war, events won't wait. War is being conducted against the-United Nations. An Internationalll'orce with a world air force CAN be created, to strengthen and save the l'N. It will never be created as long as we allow the United States to be allied with British decisions that sabotage UN decisions, and with the Arab grand Mufti and other declared enemies of the UN. We judge by actions, not lIOrds. What are we doing to urge and stimulate that needed action? It's an election year. Are we citizens as wall as ~ASPs - if so, we will consider and act. While I wes President of the OaF, we worked for the coequal status of the Air Force. We were part of the group that exerted enough pressure to accomplish it after over two decades of struegle. We are indeed drops in the proverbial bucket, but we can be effective and potent drops. ITe can use our influence effecti vely if we choose. Do we express and stand for our faith in peece, our belief that airplsnes cen be used for other things than destruction? It seems to be true that there are sctually some who would rather see a booming war time aviation industry than a strong international air force~me still have not learnad that thera is no profit in war for the people of the world. I believe that our potential useful ne.s is more than that of an orgenization dedicated to getting something for the membership. I will always believe that it is more honorable and hopeful to work at our beliefs and our politics than to meet for nostalgic reminiscences of our days in service. We can help win peace in our time - if we want it enough to work for it - or we can quietly fade into the eblivion that will welcome all of us in any stomic war. --Clara Jo Marsh Stember 44-2

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7

Washington

Daily

News Photo

Claire

Callahan,

43-1. of the Washington

Chapter,

and Mr. joseph

Butler,

preeident

of

Airtronic Butler's Chapter,

rtesearch Corporation, firm is putting recently out.

are shown demonstrating

e training

"gadget"

which ~Ir.

Claire and Mary j.:cFadden•.;:>rcsident of the Vlashington. for a television audience. The plane is controlled

flew the trainer

in the same way ~s a true ilfe version. out cefore they could solo for the show.

It took the girls a couple of hours to check

A GUY NAMED JOE

:Je was standing wi th his arms folded and about as ex.oressionless as this fellow Joe, himself, linemen standiag around too. out something into trouble. Maybe he got in their way when they were checking the ship snd they had pushed him eside~ iest fellows you ever saw. with their little finger. They all drew closer, to say something, silently. It wes I who would have Anyone over was amiss. can be. There were other wasn't menacing-

His name wes :.:1keuntll he started flo'ing in thet other pilot's seat with me end then I got to ceIling him Joe-And it's been Joe ever since. 1 ex-

Their attitude

for Air Force Joe.

I surmised

Joe hed gotten hLl1self

pect I know more about Joe's flying

than enyone else, for

Joe logged evcry hour he's got to his credit in my company. To say he'a the ""st relaxed flyer I've ever flown with

They were the husk-

isn't peying Joe as much of a co.:tplLl1unt j'ou'd think. us However, the truth of the matter is he never changes his

of them could henjle Joe /

expression. The only time he 8ver let me know how he felt about the flight was the time I spent 4:5 minutes looking for the air-

that waa certain. I said humbly to the line chief.

"Hey, there, Sergeant," I have to be taking off. "So," said tha Sergeant, and ready to go." "Sure I know.

port in a driving rain end flying at treetop height at thst. As soon as we were safe on the ground, I happened over at Joe iathe over. to look

Those clouds maan business." "you. take off. The ship is fueled

cockpit and he was sort of sagging all

But his blue eyes were as clear and as straight forHis cap was at the jaunty angle he always

You take care of me fine. in the rear cockjJit?"

But where's

the

ward as ever.

little guy who travels

wears it and his command pilot wings, which caught my eye, were somehow shining brightly. keynote of Joe's personality. Not in the sense of brains. cheerfulncss. They more or less are the He's such a bright fellow. Just bright in the sense of

nOh, him?" queried my tormentor. he walked off that way. out the Sergeant. "All right, wise guy," I said. snd walk off like that. gether a long time. Anybody

"Now let's see, I think seen Air Force Joe?" bawled

"He doesn't

just get up to-

No, the Lord sort of skipped Joe by when it just plumb doesn't have any at all to

Him and me have been traveling

came to brains--he speak of.

This is the first time I've COOle back

to my ship to find Joe gone." 1 noticed on every Too popThe Sergeant came over to the AT-5. He started to pu this In the hot Arihot. Instead of

Not that it works to his handicap. cross country trip Joe was popular

with everyone.

hand on the side--then zune sun, the metal answering,

thought better of it.

ular sometimes ••like the time 1 was ferrying an AT-5 throueh
\

fuselage was frying-pen

from Texas. I landed right at noon. The cement parking of an otherwisc were building Cn the Tucson Army Air ~ase. sun. Typical

the Sergeant

folded his arms end took on Joe's

bland expression. Something in his manner suggested he had said all he was of preoccu-

ramp was hot in the midday

perfect

day for flying, tthe cumulonimbus mov-

going to say.

Hiding my anger behind a pretense

up steadily until they'd be like mountains the way they do out Arizona way. Tha

pat ion, I leaned across the cockpit

to switch on the radio

ing over mountains, area promised

and give the tower a call - to tell them to fiOd a ride back to my base for Joe when he showed up. I was a little at a 108s to describe wouldn't be easy to describe him. Joe to the tower. It

to get mighty

rough eo I went in to file a

flight plan, hardly taking notice of Joe'a comfort before leaving the ship. ~ fine way to treat a passcnger, I'll

I could say, "he's a little to fig-

admit, but if we were to reach Blythe storms became active it waa a question

before the thunderof refueling in a

man wearing a stocking cap ••"

But it wasn't necessary

ure out what I'd tell the tower cause just then I sew Joe. He was standing by the rudder peds Is on the floor of the

hurry and taking right off. When I oame ba~k to the plane, the ship'a refueling the line chief handed me

front COCkPit,

leaning against

one of the pedals.

His arms

alip and 1 hopped up on the wing. in the rear COCkPit. with a quizzical look.

"ere folded - a brend new pose for Joe and his ehubby arms, "hieh were on the short side, almost weren't up to it. was looking out from beneath the shelf of the instrument He

Then I noticed Joe wasn't

I turned around to the lineman

panel's

ledge with those blue cotton embroidered

eyes of signed: You That And O'er

A WOlillERFUL ILLuSION A Clipped Wing Wesp in Texae

hi s as much as to say, "And what have you been doing all this time?" "From now on Joe rides in the front cock;Jit with me," I said, turni~ Sergeant. afraid around at the same tL~e to look at the I was

didn't know, I'll bet, I wae King one day, rode a throne of silver wings mountain, field and bay.

My voice was as loud as I could muster.

I'd find scorn and not a little sneering from the

"~lole fields of wheat did bow to me As I came passing by, And Natures green did change their hue Just to plea~e my eye. Each wisp of wind ~ent by said "Hi", Each cwnulus puff just winked. The mountains did but proudly nod AS I, the hoavens gaily trod •. Great big citi~s weved to ne FroJl many J~iles away, And bid ;~ tarry over them And spresd my wings and play. The cirrus from their lofty heights Would sing to me in chorus; And the misty oceans, I'm aL~ost sure, Did wave to mc some fOBms of warmth. The sunbeams on their way to earth Would murmur eounds of laughter; The earth would 'add her glee to them And send them back to me in rapture. Each steepled church in the country side A transient service held for me; Each child', each tree o'er which I'd fly Was happier for my passing by. (And so wae 1.)

oppo site sex. Maybe the Sergeant had been one of those kids in the gang foot in his hind pocket.

who went around

with a rabbit's

At any rate he pointed "That's better.

thumbs up end said with a broad grin, riding in that rear cock-

He might fallout

ilit all by himself."

AV IATILll [::':\';5 SEACOH SUR~',CRlPTlONS
'W AID ~"ASP !;!,•.:UR lJ.,L
j, U;J.)

The A viat ion "ews Beacon, a ;)5ge devoted current lective,

a pilot's

weekly newspaper,

has For no obdurate King was I, (Ae plain to see in the ecstasy they saved for me) But humble, Under a proud, earthly whim, and thankful to Them, For letting me play King.

to 'Ifomen With Wings.'

It conta,ins lots of individual and col-

news about r.ASP's activities,

as well as news about other women's groups and whet It is also filled with up-toand industry, and whst is go-

they are doing in avistion. the-minute

news about aircraft

ing on in the broad field of aviation. Members of the Order of Fifinella to this newspaper are urged to enter their

subscription

-- one of the big rea eons be-

ing that the Memorial subscription.

Fund gets 50 cents from each $2.00 Newe WE PROTEST!

The two dollars brings you the Aviation

Beacon once a week for a year. Send your subscription 8617 Rindge Avenue, to Mardo Crane, Women's Editor, She will An article in the February 7 iasue of Collier's magazine entitled "Around the World With the Fliver Fliers", contains unwarranted, we feel, criticism of Mr. W. T. Piper, of the Piper Aircraft Corporation. In the story, the two now celebrated fliers, Cliff Evans and George Truman, complain because lir. Piper did not advance them any money for their 'round-the-world,venture, but only gave them the plane in which to atte~pt the fliGht. ,:e. Mr. Piper, all, we are promoting successfully women in aviation, and anything done it, News
(page 56)

Playa Del Rey, California.

see that your 50 cents goes in to the fund. Also bashful send any news about women in flying -- and don't be about sending in something about youreelf. After

was spoken of as "the big bluff president".

in tha fie ld, no matter

how insignificent The Aviation

may seem to you, is worth publicizing. Beacon is published

in Los Angol •• and has a heavy circulastates, but is gradually Help yourself reaching out cur-

Any i~5P who has enjoyed l~. Piper's hospitality and who has followed his constructive work for furtherinG li~lt plane aviation, is urged to drop a line to him and assure him of her high regard. A.note of protest to Collier's would not be amisa. l.~. Piper has l'roved himself a friend of the ;\ASP--s]u,U we forget?

tion in the weetern allover

the country.

to interesting,

rent reading

and help the Memorial

Fund at the seme time.

10
CAA TO DEVELOP FIRST ImRTH - SOUTH SKY7.AY
A

'I'HUMBNAL SKETCHES I WOMEN IN AVIATION (fram CAA pamphlet

OF

project

to develop

0

new skyway - the first to rench in December by T. P.

fran border

to border - was ap~roved

"Women in Aviation)

Wright, ~dministrator

of Civil Aeronautics. border "t Pe:nbioa, "orth 08Tex-

One of the top Jobs held by a WOman with the Civil.Aeronautics Administration Omlie, whose duties is that of Mrs. Phoebe Fairgrave liaison include arranging

Stretchlllg fran the Canadian kota, to the Mexican

border at L"redo and Brownsville,

in research

as, the new skyway will be known as Skyway Eleven.

Intena

technical

tests with the ermy and navy. spent sn inheritsnce of $3,500 for Peerl

ded solely for visual fly ir-g the new skyway provides , safe 40-nile-wide Skyway Eleven by:Jr. Wright. north-south

When she wss 17, Phoebe

route for private pilots. to ',e "'pproved

for s plsne, became a stunt flyer, and performed White's movies, "The Perils of Pauline." instructorj

is the secor..dskyway project

The first, known as Sk;'wey One, extends An extensive ainnerking news) is

In 1922, she married barnstorming

her flight

they went

fran il-ashington to Los Angeles. program

on their honeymoon,

and later opened a flying

school in Memphis. along Skyway One (see r-ashington Chapter now under way. Skyway Eleven divides into east and west alternate at lJanhattan, Kansas. with alternate routes Mrs. Omlie received license the first engine snd sirplsne mechenic's She won the Wo-

eVer granted to a wamsn, in 1927.

at Sioux City, recombining again at San Antonio,

It branches

man's National

Air Derby in 1929 and 1930 and the National to Cleve-

Texas,

routes to Laredo

Air Derby for both men and wanen from Santa Monica land in 1931.

and through Corpus Christi Eventually, ~exico, if approved

to Brownsville. by the governments of Canada end In 1932 she toured the country by plane for the Democratic national committee and after the election became the first with the the

Skyway Eleven will become the first international at Winnipeg, Canada, and Mexico City,

sky""y, with terminals Mexico.

woman government

official

in the field of aviation,

-A survey flight will be mede over the route in the next spring, according to CAA reports.

title of technical National Advisory of Air Commerce. project

adviser, Committee

serving as liaison between for Aeronautics

near future, probably An ainnarking

and the Bureau an air narking

program

is now under way along the southern said, and cities snd towns to install

In this work she proposed

part of Sky ••. Eleven, Mr. Wright ay

for the entire country

which is still in operation.

on the northern psrt of the route are expected CAA-approved cooperation Communities Pembina, markers

•••
Mrs. Blanche Noyes, an expert pilot, ministrator of the CAA air marking makes is the present ad-

during next spring snd summer with the oommissions. sre: N.D.; Brecken~atertonn,

of state aviation on the skyway

program.

She also writes

books end pamphlets, country interesting

speeches,

and flies over the p~.

stat •• in the .ir marking

Grand Forks, Fargo and Wahpeton, and Ortonville,

ridge, Wheaton Arlington,

Minn.; Milbank,

Madison

and Sioux Falls, Iowa; Fremont,

S.D.; Canton, Hawarder, Wahoo, Lincoln, BeaNeb.; Miss Katharine Stinson of the aircraft designs engineering div-

Sioux City and Onawa, trice, Marysville, Manhattan, Wichita, Oklahoma Junction

Omaha, Weeping City Frankfort,

Water and Tecumseh, Herington, Newton,

ision of CAA analyzes aircraft the war helped devise a method into gliders. Miss Stinson has a private her degree in aeronautical State College Katherine in 1941.

for safety snd during light planes

for converting

and Wellington, City, Purcell,

Kan.; Blackwell, Pauls Valley,

Perry, Guthrie, Okla.j

and Ardmore,

pilot's

certificate

and got

Gaineeville, Hillsboro,

Denton, Arlington

Aux. Field, Grand Prairie, San Marcos, (" ~ San Antonio, _

engineering

from Korth Carolina with

Waco, Temple, Austin, Texas.

(She should not be confused

~e=-~.~-~~~~~
.~~~(1o_-:.~/t0~
Stinson, an earlY-day family of "flying Stinsons.")

Laredo end Corpus Christi,

woman flyer of the famous

II

WITH WINGS BY BETTE RICHARDS COURT - 44 5 It waa a oriap, wintery morning, Deo. 27, 1947. Frienda and ralativaa gathared at the airport to wave fond farawells, as we lert Ursohel Field for our flight to Mexioo; takeoff, 11 a.m. Ruth and I bad 10 free days in our respective live a and could think of nothing we wanted-more than to fly, and since we each had a yen for some sun, the logical diraction for our trip was south. The Luscombe, ownad by Ruth Robbins and her brother, Lewie, purrad smoothly, and our first landing was Salem, Ill., for ruel - and lunch, we hoped 1 Our hopes for food were shattered when we learned that the oparators of the restaurant were on Christmaa holiday, and our visionary msal turned out to ba coffee and a doughnut. On our way again, this time our couree taking us over more of the level tie lds 01' southern Illinois, and across the mighty Mississippi, near Murphysboro, into Missouri. Our flight for the day ended at Cape Girardeau, Mo. This was a former army primary school, all neatly arranged. Everyone seemad so kind and helptul, and we hoped that days to come would be as interesting and troubla free as today had been. ~e had traveled 350 milea in 4:05 hours. The eecond dey dawned beautifully, and we were 01'1' the ground at 8:45 tram Cape Girardeau on our way to Little Rock Ark ••fuel there ••on to Shreveport, La •••fuel and lunch and off again, thia time on our tinal hop tor the day, anding in Lufkin Texas at 4:05 p~m. How quickly the accents changed in one dayl We were greeted with a daep, friendly, "Howdy," as we opened the doors 01' our 11 ttle ship ••deep in the heart of Texas, and the "airport cowboys" ware juat as one would imagine ••boots, wide-brimmed hats and, of course, possesaing that ever-characteristic Texas drawl. Awake, end up aarly the third day - and actually in the air at 8:05. Today we should tinish the 1,400 miles at Brownsville, Tex., port 01' entry tor Mexico. Skies looked perfect - no wind - and we climbed to 1,800 feet. Stretching below ua was our highway and railroad to Houston. We had been warnad of dense pine torests on our course, and consequently kept tha highway within gliding distance. Houston-reported an 800-foot ceiling, but normally one axpects those early morning cloudlets to burn 01'1'. About 10 minutes from Lurkin (our overnight stop) layers of clouds were meeting us at eye level, so we scooted under and continued at 1,400 feet. Again we were forcad to lower our sltitude to 1,000, then 800 ••400. This was getting too close to the tree tops for comfort. And when they met us at 2001 I did a l80-degree turn and landed in a ranchar's field. As we had flown over this tield just a few minutes befora, st 400 faet, we remarked that it had a resemblsnce to an airport. There appeared to be two runways, but ruta wera visible, end I thought they might have been roads for construction work done on a amall laks in one corner. But when we had no choice, I sideslipped in over s lumber ca~p and telegraph wires, just hoping it wouldn't be roughl Well, we jostled just. little, but managed to stop, taxied back to the ranch houae to ba greeted by the rancher, J. Richardson. He was a little surprised to see two young lsdies step trom the plane, but seemed so pleased to have visitors. We learned, subsequently, thet he had leveled those two landing strips for pilots flying contsct tram Lufkin to Houaton. The pine torests are endless and terrifically thiok, and small cleared fields are not too numerous. These are Mr. Richardson's own words, in snswer to our query of the airport being there: "If I can save one life by having it here, then it's worth it." He was so kind. He elso had built the emall lake we

A HOLIDAY

noticed. After a most pleasant hour, we took off, and flew at 800 feet to Houston ••fuel at Beevilla, and off again for our laat hop. That afternoon at 4:45 wa landed at Brownsville. Whst lovely sun and warmth greeted us st Brownsvilla. Temperature 78, aIr oonditioning on in the hotals snd shops. Fortunately we had a friend who took us across to ths Mexican border town of Matamoroa. Wa found conditiona squalid, streets dusty, shops untidy, the peopla poorly dressed and barefoot. The market was interesting, with little stalls, each filled with baskats, hauraches, ailver jewelry, serapes, linens, fruita, leather goods. •••Brownsville international airport is port of entry for ~xico, and quite an amount of foron-filling is required for a permit. But atter an hour and e half, we were ready for takeoff, complete with entry declaration, frontier permit in triplicate, touriet cards end oleerance papers from the city of Brownsville. Total fees to cross into Mexioo on a holiday or Sunday (the girls were there on New Year's day) L~ount to $24.81 (tourist cards at $2.15 each, a broker fee of $5 for the use at overtime bond 01' U.S. customs, Brownsville clearance levy $3., U.S. customs overtime $3.51, and Mexican immigration customs and health authorities overtime $11.) Take-ott at 10 am aoross the Rio Gra~ and tne start of our 220 mile flight to Monterrey. The airport ia located in a valley and surrounded by mountains, 15 miles from the city. Within half an hour after we checked into our hotel we wara on a bus to the villaga of Saltillo. We had heard of the wonderful leather work done in Saltillo, snd we went in search 01' it, only to find atter almost two hours in that bus that shops were closed New Year's dayl ••.The architecture in Monterrey I thought really lovaly. Some of the houses ere tinted delicate pastels, with archways, wrought iron balconies and fences in the same soft color, and most attractive. Saltillo differed from the border towns in several ways; not as many tourists, (we tound one person who spoke English) and there seemed to be an absence of the Americanism found in the towns near the- borders. This was really rural Mexico. The morning of Jan. 2 wa shopped in the market in Monterrey, saw the gay Mexican rugs, serapes, baakets and blousea, silver jewelry and leather gOOds. On our way to the airport, we saw peasants plowing with oxen, and saw the tiny adobe huts in which the native live. Mountains at Monterrey reached only 4,800 feet, and after an hour and 20 minutes we landed at Laredo, Texas. Our next overnight stop was Texsrkana, where the main street is a dividing line of the two states and where one side is Texes and the other side Arkansaa.
I

Jsn. 4 we flew all day against a strong, gusty wind to the northeast, and the 525 milas seemed endless. To oover this mileage, we flew seven hours and 15 minutes, our longast time in the sir of any day of our trip, and as dusk descended, we landed at ~attoon, Ill., just 170 miles from homel Visibility was poor the next day as we took off on the last lag of our flight. But we were soon over familiar terrain and st lest sighted our very own Urschel Field at 11:45. What a glorious trip it was, and how interesting to see how people live south of the border. Everywhere we found people extremely kind and courteous, and many were interested, and a little surprised, that we two girls had undcrtoker. e 3,000 ",ile flight. It is rather gratifying to know thct ny headings and computations were correct, and that my navigation was "right on the beam!" \\e were never lost. I was now realizing and 'benifiting by the intensive training we WASPs were given by the Army Air Foroe when the .omens Airforce Service Pilots were in existence durtfig the war. Our total elapsed 35:45 ho:~s. flying time for the 3,000 miles was

(Bette's stOI"J was printed ir. the Vic.ctt:_'-',~essonGer, Valparaiso, ~ndiana. The trip cost about v150 each, she ~aid for h,:r co"'-[8 nion end herself.)

,1.
At the Decemb~r chapter meeting, the following girls were present: Esther Poole Berner, 43-3. Esther is leaving in late Janua:ry for a quiek trip back to her home Texes. Reaeons are two: visitinG her folks end to bring back a new Swiftl We all love thr.t l Betty Scantland, 4~-6. Betty hes been our ~ost congenial hostess for our first two meetings and has been ",ore tl:an instrumental iL GettinG us ell together. Jean Koore, 44-2. Jean used to instruat at Sky Harbor, Indianapolis, but is :lOW restinG through the wi"ter ct her ho~e in KlrkliGJ Indiar~. Sue Booth Huff, 44-6. Sue h~s had time off to produce a son, Charles ~lfred Huf" III (Terry) and is now struggling with this bit of news. Bett:,Pett itt, 44-? Bettey is our newest rr:eClb c=ing or, fro~ the New York chapter and does the most exciting things. She is with Stewart Auto Sales, dealers in Kaiser-Frazer, as a flying secretaryt Her flyinc isn't routi~e either, but she is doing skJflriting, and teaching herself howl Mary Anna Martin neil, 44-10. Marty is taking life e~sy these days waiting for her second baby. However, she managed a trip to Ponca City (sick all the ~ay, we hear) and is now hou~e hunting. Betty Phillipe ,Yhiting, 44-10. Betty and her husband, George, due to unforeseen circumstances, no longer instruct at Plainfield Airport, but are k"eping busy until flying opens in the spring. Dorothy Jean Hendrickson, 44-8. Dot is our ,~ost promising member and ~ill represent us when she gets her degree in lawt Other me~bere of the newly formed Indiana Chapter are: Patricia Dickerson, 43-2; Ruth G. Trees; ~ergaret Ray Ringenberg, 43-5; Eleenor Hinkle Vaughn, 44-1; ~erjorie Ellfeldt Rees; Joanne Wallace Orr, 44-2; iJarjorie Gilbert, 44-2; Beverly J. Olson Southwiek, 4<;-5; :"ary Ann Showers; Kate Lee Harris Adams, 44-2; and Alice B. Daniels,

nashington A Prosperous

Chapter From Us

New Year to sll Fifinellas

The nastington Chapter hod its usual monthly meeting on the 18th 01' December. Ire forsook business for pleasure at this Get together which was held at ~!ary McFaddens. Mar:," is our new president, although not new to the duties, since she was forced into harness for about nine ~onths of last yesr, just as W~. Truman wes. ~:e hed a lovely time making friends with Kilroy, Mary's Great Dane dog, anim6tedly chatting about various subjects, drinking egg nog and eatir~ delicacies. ~e all brought gifts of Ie ss than e dol1>'r fnd drew IlE>me One of the s. most unusual i'resellts,end one over ,to.ich all "Oh'd" we and "Ah'd" was a Fifinella ubout 10 inches tall ~de by our talented Elaine P.ermon. It looked just like the picture end my----whot a figurel Among o.'x last 1'aets for 194? was the painting of the Sl::... marker in :-;ashlngton on t!!e roof of the ~rny . Vlay Map build ing. :',:ost the wonens fly1.:J.g of organi7.Ct i~ns wer'S sup;,osed to help, but out of the eight or nin" girls who particip,;ted, the Fifies .,ere in the majority.
first

It took us about a full day end a half, scattered over thre£. days, to finish. Howover, lVe fclt it Quite 8 feat sir,ce tho letters warG ten feet tall end h8d to be si'rayed three times. It was so windy that a line couldn't be snapped for drawing lines. The roof had so ~any gravels you couldn't use chalk to mark out the letters and numbers. Sooooooo, that ole feminine ingenuity came to the rescue. ,;<; BET CUR OIL MAiilG-:.R THE ONLY ONE rAYED OUT WI!'!! CAN IS A OF ChSE.illREBOUQUET PO;DJ2R. We hope our friends in the air appreciate our efforts. Along with all tITe air clubs of Washington, our group geve a reception on the l?th of December for the round the ;-,orld Cub fliers. They and th~ir wiv,"s ap,;eared to be good "Joes" in camp lingo. Mr. Piper honored us with-~is presence.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Christiansen (Mildred McLillend, 43-6) announos the arriTSl of Richard Allen on November I., 11l4?• Ruth Nydine Glaser, 44-10, wss marrled to Mr. Jack Wssley Wright, on Saturday, the twenty-fourth of January at Robertson Community Church in Los Angeles. Yvonne Ashcraft, 43-?, was married to Mr. A. G. Wood, Jr. on December 30, 11l4?, in Billings, Montena. Mr. Wood is an engineer and the couple plan to return to the Rocky Mountains area where Mr. Wood will work. Margaret Ray Ringenberg, ~3-5, announces the birth of a dsughter on September I?, 11l4? Margaret writes that she is busy teaching her husband to
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Indlana Chn~t0r Of:'icers for 1948 ",ere elected et the .Tanuery rn"etir-eof th" Indianb Cha"'ter of the Grdor of Fifinella "h ich net on the 22rd at the hoOle of Jue Hut l' • l,ew new officers are: President - Sue Booth Huff; VieePresident, Madge R. Minton; Secy-Treas. - Betty Scantland; "nd l,eVisl"tter reporter - Esther 1'oole Berner. '48 dues were collected to send to Net ional !!eadquarters. By agree~ent, Chapter dues were set at ~1.00. Those who enjoyed a good tL~o, heightened by old-fashioneds and things and stuff to eat on toothpicks were: Esther Poola Berner, Madge Rutherford Minton, Betty Pettitt, Mary Jo Bardsley, 3etty Sce.ntLsnd, Mary Hoyt Kurtz, Hess i'ercifield Bosley, and Dorotho' Jeen Hendickerson. A grouJ picture was taken to be sent for publicetion in the Newsletter. Madge Minton brought A. J •.May's ne~ cartoon book about th-3: :7aspies, tfRON's", und everycn';:} got somu

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Yvonns Ashoraft reports that she visited Betty Roth, 44-?, in Caspsr, Wyoming, ahortly before she left Montana. Betty had a very bad accident in October of 46 and had practically recovered after months in ths hospital when she broke her leg again New Year's Eve. Yvonne says she was just as cheerful and plucky as evsr and has full intentions of returning to flying as quickly as possible. She also saw Barbara Fleming Foss, 44-6, at Golden, Colo. Her husbsnd is running hia drug store and Barbara is busy taking care of hsr two youngsters. Betty Clark, 43-?, is selling aircraft port in Denver, Colorado. for Sky Ranch Air-

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laughe fro:. the clever "lack end "'lit" line drawine:;s of ~ASP antics both while at :,venger ••... d afterw8rds "in the
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(The cartoon "ook cen be obtained fron A. J., whose address ie 195 John Street, ~nglewood, N. J. Price $3., snd lry~ Goes to the 00F Memorial Fund.) This was only the third meeting "nd since "t each e;ettogether new raci~3 uppoe:.r in the crcwd, nost of the t i""l18 was s~ent ietting better acquainted, and there wes much reminiseir.g.

Ruth Petry, 44-2, is working for Crash Injury Reaearch in New York. Ruth is handling the job formerly held by Peg Helburn Kochsr, now with her husband in Belgium. The IlSPs sxtend their sympathy to Virginia Coaltley, 44-10, in the death or her father, Mr. Edward McPike, on December Ill, 11l4?,

The February 18th.

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