That’s really fun.
In the morning, we meet up. Women pilots from Rio Colorado 99s, Phoenix 99s, Tucson 99s, Fullerton 99s, Los Angeles 99s attending the pilot briefing with me, in preparation to do 20 airplane flyover for WASP Edith Smiths 99th birthday.
We are all very exciting when it’s finally time…all the planes are ready to take off. I am with Frances and Shannon and we are flying tail on tail.
In the sky we head to the nursery home of Edith Smith who is having a birthday party with her friends. We can’t see much of her, but she sees us and thats the important thing!
Edith Smith was one of just over two thousand women who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots program, also known as WASP, during World War II.
The WASP were the first women to fly America’s military aircraft, according to the National WASP WWII Museum. They pathed the way for women aviation, thats for sure.
There is also a Hatz biplane and for the grand finale, Edith gets to see a Waco Stearman and Ryan. A nice souvenir as she trained in a PT-17, the Stearman biplane…
Our WASP Honor Flight for 99 year old WASP Edith Baugh Upson Smith class 44-7 is a big success, Edith shows us the famous “V” (Victory symbol).
By the way, kgun9 made also a coverage about the fly-over here.