Women Airforce
Service Pilots

Timeline 2


WASP Timeline 2  ~  1943 - 1979

1943 February 6 -- The WFTD increases its goal for the number of women pilots to graduate that year from 396 to 750.
February 21 -- Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, welcomes its first class of women pilots.

Avenger Field

February -- The WFTD school in Houston, Texas closes.
March 21 -- Cornelia Fort becomes the first woman to die on active duty for the United States when another pilot accidentally clips the wing of the plane she is flying.
August 5 -- The Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) merge with Jackie Cochran's training program to form the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
September 30 -- Representative John Costello of California introduces the WASP militarization bill.
December 17 -- The WASP wings are made available in time for the graduation of Class 43-W-8.
1944 February -- The WASPs are finally issued with Santiago Blue uniforms.

Santiago Blue Uniforms

March 24 -- Senators Joseph Hill (Alabama) and Harold Burton (Ohio) submit a resolution calling for the appointment of female pilots and aviation cadets into the Army Air Forces.
May 29 -- "Time" article titled "Unnecessary and Undesirable" calls the WASP experiment expensive and claims men could have been trained more quickly.
June -- The congressional bid for WASP militarization fails. It was the first time during World War II that legislation supported by the Army Air Forces was voted down.
July -- Rumors begin circulating in the press that the WASP program is about to be disbanded.
October 1 -- General Hap Arnold issues a memorandum to WASP Director Jackie Cochran stating that because of the changing war situation the WASPs would "soon become pilot material in excess of needs."


October -- The WASPs receive notification from WASP Director Jackie Cochran and General Hap Arnold that their unit would be disbanded in December.
November 1 -- Brigadier General Bob Nowland writes a memo describing the hardships that will be caused by deactivating the WASP program.
December 7 -- General Hap Arnold addresses the final graduating class of WASPs.
December 20 -- The WASP program is deactivated.


1977 October 19 -- The Senate votes unanimously to grant WASP veterans' recognition.
November 3 -- The House votes to give the WASPs veteran status.
November 23 -- President Carter signs a bill into law "Officially declaring the Women's Airforce Service Pilots as having served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States for purposes of laws administered by the Veterans Administration."
1979 March 8 -- The Department of the Air Force authorizes official discharges for WASPs.

Honorable Discharge

May -- The Air Force issues the first honorable discharges for women serving in the WASP during the Second World War.


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