Honoring the WASP


Michael Porter’s restored Stearman helps tell the women’s story

“Is that what I think it is?”

There’s something special about seeing a military aviator reunited with an airplane that he or, in this case, she flew during the war. It can be an emotional moment, like watching the reunion of long-lost family members.

During this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a handful of members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were reunited with a 1942 Stearman that had been based at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, during World War II and used in primary training. The reactions of the women ranged from smiles and eyes growing misty as the memories came flooding back, to girlish giggles and the sharing of war stories.

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Can aviation change America?

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport.

It’s a valid question: Can aviation change America? I don’t mean I’m curious to know if it can affect the relatively small percentage of the population that’s consistently involved in aviation on a regular basis. I mean, can aviation change America completely, permanently, and for the better?

I say, yes! In fact, I will go so far as to say it already has, and it will again. History tends to repeat itself, after all.

There will be naysayers, of course. There are always naysayers. I think there must be a special place that breeds them, they’re so consistent in their negative response to anything unconventional or unique. But I’m telling you the truth, and I can prove it. [Read more…]