Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime--to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. They volunteered as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program to see if women could serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty. These women became the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, better known as the WASP. Under the determined leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love, and General Henry "Hap" Arnold the WASP exceeded beyond all expectation.

The WASP Archive is housed in the Woman's Collection on TWU's Denton campus. The Woman's Collection includes Special Collections, University Archives, and Rare Books. We look forward to your visit.