Veil of Ruin

Trailblazing Women Pilots – Honoring the WASP

A project in Dallas, TX by Commemorative Air Force

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Help us restore the airplane that gave women wings, and inspire young people with the story of America’s first female military pilots.
Backers: 502
Average Pledge Per Backer: $228

Funded: $114,627 of $100,000
Dates: Nov 1st -> Nov 30th (29 days)
Project By: Commemorative Air Force
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Latest News

What’s Next?

November 29th - via:
In 1944, when the WASP program was officially concluded, “Jackie” Cochran penned a final report outlining the program and making clear the incredible achievements of her female pilots. This report has gone down in history, challenging many... (Read More)

We did it - CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP is a Go!

November 28th - via:
Just a few weeks ago, the Commemorative Air Force announced a Kickstarter Campaign to raise $100,000 to support the new CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP educational outreach program. I am very happy to announce that we exceeded our goal and raised over $106,000... (Read More)

The “Sweet 6” - The Airplane that Gave Women Wings

November 27th - via:
The North American AT-6 Texan was an incredibly capable trainer aircraft, and history’s most ubiquitous warbird. It featured in the training of almost every single American Pilot during the War years, and operated at scores of Allied training bases... (Read More)

Who (or What) was Fifinella?

November 26th - via:
Fifinella, with her colorful uniform and swept back wings, stands as one of the WASP Program’s most iconic emblems. But just who or what exactly is Fifinella? Originally drawn in 1942, Fifinella was a Gremlin, a creation of the famed British Author... (Read More)

Avoid the Black Friday Crowds!

November 25th - via:
Black Friday is notorious for its crowds, but this holiday season you can avoid the lines and purchase a meaningful gift for a loved one online. A gift to the CAF WASP Program will be used to inspire young women, by educating them about these... (Read More)

A Profile in Courage: Hazel Ying Lee

November 24th - via:
November 25, 1944 would mark the death of the 38th and final WASP to be killed in the line of duty – Hazel Ying Lee. As we enjoy Thanksgiving and anticipate Black Friday sales, let us take a moment to consider the story of this trail-blazing woman... (Read More)

Goal Achieved - Thanks to ALL of our Backers!

November 23rd - via:
Dear Supporters of the CAF WASP Initiative;  I cannot begin to express the gratitude that we feel for the spectacular support that each of you have shown. Whether $1 or $10,000 (received today!) each of you cared enough about this project to push... (Read More)

Flying Magazine Covers CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP

November 22nd - via:
The CAF Rise Above educational initiative is all about bringing recognition to overlooked groups of people who quietly and courageously worked behind the scenes to help bring a victorious end to WWII. In the process, they became role models for our... (Read More)

Those Wonderful Women in their Flying Machines

November 20th - via:
History has given precious little attention to women’s contributions to the amazing growth of the aviation industry – one of the most significant cultural impacts on the 20th Century. Amelia Earhart is likely the most well-known woman in... (Read More)

Wings of Silver - WASP Wings Necklace Sample Arrives

November 18th - via:
Kickstarter backers at the $1,000 level receive a hand-made Sterling silver necklace featuring the iconic WASP Wings – a sample just arrived today and we were eager to share it with all of you! This necklace has a special connection to the WASP,... (Read More)

Finally Hitting 50!

November 17th - via:
With 12 days to go in the WASP Kickstarter Campaign, we just passed the halfway point in the campaign’s duration and crossed the 50% funding mark - Thank You! Every pledge, every Facebook share, every positive comment – it all adds up. We’re... (Read More)

CAF WASP Squadron Q & A with Squadron Leader Debbie Travis-King

November 17th - via:
Over the weekend we had the chance to sit down with Debbie Travis-King, the leader of the CAF WASP Squadron, and first Woman to pilot a B-29 since World War II. Travis-King expects that the new Squadron will provide inspiration to young women who... (Read More)

“Cochran’s Convent” – Rare Color Footage of WASP Training

November 16th - via:
Keen observers of the Kickstarter video will have noticed that it included several pieces of rare WWII color footage depicting women flying aircraft at Avenger Field. This footage originated from the “Unusual Occupations” series. Known as... (Read More)


November 15th - via:
World’s Largest Contingent of Female Flyers Based at Dallas Love Field Before the WASP program kicked off, the WAFS (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron) were established with Nancy Love as the appointed leader of the unit. Love rounded up... (Read More)

Florida WASP Interview Wrap-up

November 13th - via:
As the Hemlock Films production team wraps up their important story-capturing work in Florida, we had the opportunity to catch up with CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP Director Kara Martinelli. If you have more questions for Kara, please post them in the... (Read More)

Florida, Day 3

November 11th - via:
Hemlock Films traveled to Riviera Beach, Florida to visit Bernice “Bee” Haydu, WASP 44-W-7. Haydu was not only a WASP, but the president of the Order of Fifinella (the post-war WASP Organization) in the 1970s when the WASP were fighting to be... (Read More)

Florida, Day 2

November 10th - via:
The work to save the stories of the WASP continues as the Hemlock Films production team traveled to Pompano Beach, Florida – to the home of Shirley C. Kruse. The interview footage they are gathering will feature very strongly in the upcoming... (Read More)

Work Begins! Saving the WASP Stories

November 10th - via:
Per the statistics issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive, and we lose our veterans at a rate of 372 each day. Recent estimates indicate that there are as few... (Read More)

The Story Behind the WASP Kickstarter Painting

November 9th - via:
For millennia, the world’s militaries have sought to document their exploits through the medium of art. In 1950, roughly 800 works of art depicting the early days of the Army Air Corps were transferred from the Army to the Air Force, and the USAF... (Read More)

Never Be Dull - the Constance B. Turner Story

November 4th - via:
One of the goals of this Kickstarter campaign is to help the CAF acquire AT-6C Texan 42-4125, used to train WASP at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX.  The AT-6 as it appears today. The airplane will be painted in its WWII WASP colors, and operated by... (Read More)

25 Percent Complete in 25 Hours!

November 3rd - via:
We’re amazed at the positive response to the launch of our Kickstarter campaign to honor the WASP – the trailblazing women pilots who were America’s first female military pilots. Thank you for getting in on the ground level of this unique... (Read More)

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