The National WASP WWII Museum

History

In 1943, the Women's Flying Training Detachment and Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron flight schools merged to officially establish the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

Due to its climate, facilities, and abundance of new planes, the newly organized WASP established its headquarters at Avenger Field near the West Texas city of Sweetwater.

On February 21, 1943, the first class of WASPs arrived and in April 1943, it became the first air base in history to train only women pilots.

During the course of the WASP program, more than 25,000 women applied for training, but only an elite 1,074 were graduated. Of those chosen, 38 died serving their country.

Contact

Ann Haub

(325) 235-0099

ann@waspmuseum.org

Address

210 Avenger Field Rd, Sweetwater, TX 79556



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