WASP, Florence Shutsy-Reynolds wasn't out of grade school when she sat down to supper one night and announced to her family her intention to learn to fly. She was told “Girls don't do that. Girls don't fly.'” She reponded “I don't care. I want to fly." Hear her amazing story. It is as inspiring as it is remarkable.
Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime--to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. They volunteered as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program to see if women could serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty. These women became the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, better known as the WASP. Under the determined leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love, and General Henry "Hap" Arnold the WASP exceeded beyond all expectation. We thank the CAF for their efforts in organizing and hosting the attendance of several of the ladies who served as members of the WASP.
Shutsy will be joined by Major Heather Penney and Warbird Director, Connie Bowlin. Heather was an F-16 pilot in the 121st Fighter Squadron, Andrews AFB, MD for over 10 years. She has over 3,000 hours in multiple military jets and vintage taildraggers. Learn about her mission during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Connie has had an exemplary aviation career. Retiring from Delta as a 767 Captain, she has well over 20,000 flight hours in more than 100 types of aircraft, counting the World War II Warbirds as her favorites. Along with husband, Ed founded the popular Warbirds in Review program.