Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1987.0077
Creators:
Haydu, Bernice Falk
Dates:
1944-1980
bulk 1944-1949
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.45 Cubic Feet
(1 legal document box)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This accession includes photographs, logos, newsletters, yearbooks, a WASP songbook, membership rosters, and several miscellaneous items.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The WASPs (Women's Airforce Service Pilots) learned to fly US Army Air Corps aircraft during WWII. Jacqueline Cochran was director of the 1074 women who earned wings and flew 60 million miles for the US Army Air Corps between November 17, 1942 and December 7, 1944. From light aircraft, the WASPs advanced quickly to fly every air corps aircraft in use at the time. With the exception of aerial gunnery and formation flying, these women received the same training as the male pilots. WASPs ferried planes, towed targets, flew tracking, simulated bombing missions, performed radio control, flight tested aircraft, gave instrument instruction and performed many other duties. Their work allowed more men to participate in aviation combat roles.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bernice Falk Haydu, Gift, 1987, 1987-0077, not NASM

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Miss Fifinella (Fictitious character) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women and the military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women in aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rosters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Songbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newsletters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cochran, Jacqueline Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Haydu, Bernice Falk Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army. Air Corps Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army Air Forces Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Avenger Field -- Sweetwater, TX Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
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