A W.A.S.P. Takes Wing
The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Sunday, March 5 • 3 p.m.
Old Library by Lake Afton
46 West Afton Avenue, Yardley
Carol Simon Levin will share the story of the amazing W.A.S.P.s through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the New Jersey girl, who trained as a W.A.S.P. and became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the War and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane.
During World War II, more than 1000 women volunteers completed the W.A.S.P. military pilot training program. They endured terrible Texas weather, snakes and scorpions, as well as the hostility of some male instructors. The graduates flew every kind of military aircraft, delivered more than 12,000 planes, and flew over 60 million miles, sometimes towing targets that soldiers shot at with live ammunition. Thirty-eight of them died serving their country. Then they were told that men needed their jobs and were dismissed.
Carol Simon Levin is a professional storyteller, historian, and author, who specializes in telling the stories of “fascinating women history forgot” through first person portrayals. You may remember her from “Bridge Builder in Petticoats” and “Mothers of Invention.”