Wednesday, July 27, 2016

L-R: WASP Marty Wyall, Former F-16 pilot Heather Penny, WASP Shutsy Reynolds

The Commemorative Air Force has announced a program to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The newest addition to the CAF national education outreach program is CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP, an initiative to bring the legacy of the WASP to a nationwide auidence.

The program is centered on a dynamic film to be created by award-winning Hemlock Films. It will combine historical footage, interviews with surviving WASP, and incredible flying scenes shot with the CAF's unparalleled collection of World War II aircraft. The film will also use new technology that allows it to be viewed on a curved screen in an inflatable dome theater.

The program will debut in the 2017-2018 school year with selected CAF units operating the dome theaters at their airport locations, as well as at museums, schools, and aviation events across the country.

"The WASP are the spiritual grandmothers, so to speak, of pilots like myself," said Heather Penney, the national WASP program chair for CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP. "I'm honored to be leading this program because I believe this is an important mission. When I was the only female in pilot training, and again the only female in my fighter squadron, the legacy of the WASP allowed me to stand on their shoulders and serve with pride. Sharing their story will encourage the next generation of female aviators, and inspire all to rise above their own personal challenges and achieve success."

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