When original WASP, Women Airforce Service Pilots, return to Fantasy of Flight in two weeks to take part in our Living History Symposium held in their honor, they will undoubtedly hold their heads just a little higher. More than 60 years since their brave service during World War II as the first women to pilot U.S. military aircraft, the WASP have been officially recognized with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Yesterday, about 200 of the original 1,114 WASP convened on Capitol Hill to receive the highest award a civilian can receive from the United States Congress. The Congressional Gold Medal is bestowed only upon those who have performed an outstanding act of service for their country.
Fantasy of Flight is thrilled to honor four original WASP, Bernice "Bee" Falk Haydu, Florence Rubin Mascott, Barry Vincent Smith, and Helen Wyatt Snapp, during the "A Passionate Pursuit" Living History Symposium, Thursday, March 25 - Saturday, March 27. The public is also invited to an intimate "Living Legends Luncheon" on Friday, March 26 with these courageous pilots. (All four women participating in the events were present for yesterday's Congressional Gold Medal ceremony!)
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet these
Congressional Gold Medal Recipients!
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Original WASP Bee Haydu, pictured center with President Obama, is scheduled to be a featured guest.
The Premiere Vintage and WWI Era R/C Aircraft Competition Debuts Tomorrow
This adjudicated event features a traditional,
informal "Dawn Patrol" style fun-fly with scale models of flying machines from the earliest years of aviation, 1903 - 1919.
Still interested in participating? R/C pilots are invited to register on-site on Friday, March 12 only from 7 a.m. - noon.
For spectators, The Blue Max Event is included with general admission and free for Annual Pass holders to view. Join us tomorrow, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 for The Blue Max!