History Channel Uses TWU Archive For Women Military Pilot Documentary
History Channel Uses TWU Archive For Women Military
DENTON Archives at Texas Woman's University were
invaluable to History Channel producers preparing a documentary
on women military pilots. Women Combat Pilots: The Right Stuff
airs March 9 at 7 p.m. central time on the History Channel.
The program's producers spent a week at TWU last year going
through the university's Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
archives filming photographs, letters and other memorabilia for
use in the documentary. Between 1942 and 1944, more than 1,000
women served as WASP pilots, freeing male pilots for combat duty.
WASP pilots ferried aircraft from the factory to embarkation
points, worked as military flight instructors, conducted flight
testing and flew radio-controlled planes and anti-aircraft
training tow targets for the military during World War II.
The WASPs celebrate their 60th anniversary in
August. The organization was created on Aug. 5, 1943 when the
Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron and the Women's Flying
Training Detachment were merged.
The WASP archive at TWU is online at www.twu.edu/wasp .
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