"The WASP were and still are my role models."
Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (ret) and NASA Astronaut
"The WASP service to our nation at a critical time in the history of the entire free world is not remarkable because they were women, but is remarkable in its own right. Their legacy to all military aviators, women and men alike is the knowledge that perseverance, commitment, and the desire to serve can overcome tremendous obstacles. I know I was able to be a woman fighter pilot…and a woman Thunderbird pilot because of the WASP.”
Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (First Female Thunderbird Demonstration Team Pilot)
"I’m so proud to follow in the WASP’ footsteps and glad to know the public will get to hear their stories and finally get them the recognition that is long overdue."
Linda K McTeague, Brig Gen (ret), DC ANG
"The WASP are inspirational. Their spirit has sparked the lives of many, just like me, who have been touched and have gone on to greater
heights in aviation or to the top of their own particular mountain. My prayer is that "WASP on the WEB" and the “Fly Girls of WWII” WASP Exhibit will touch even more hearts and encourage those who follow in the giant footsteps
of the WASP to take their own leap of faith. It is also my hope that these projects keep the WASP flame alive.
Their inspirational history is a torch. Pass it on."
Nancy Parrish, Director, Wings Across America
creator: WASP on the WEB and the Fly Girls of WWII WASP Exhibit
"One of the proudest things I've ever done in my whole life was
to be associated with the WASP as you were flying in World War II. I've often recounted
the stories of your flying, how much I enjoyed flying with you, and how much reliance, and
confidence in your ability as pilots,
I placed in all of you, and still do."
Barry Goldwater, Senator, Arizona -- May 5, 1994
"I am proud to recognize the contribution the WASP made to World
War II. They set the stage for today's women to fly and fight with their spirit and
enthusiasm. These heroines...heard the call and responded with the skills and dedication
that gave out country the boost it needed to win World War II"|
Sheila Widnall, Secretary of the Air Force....May 30, 1994
"It has been 50 years since you and I and all Americans struggled
together to rescue freedom from those who would take it away. Though we worked in
different ways toward that common end, every effort was an important one. That is
certainly true of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Thank you for your dedicated efforts
on the home front to make our work successful on the battlefront."
James H. Doolittle, General, USAF July 15, 1993
"You and more than 900 of your sisters have
shown that you can fly wingtip to wingtip with your bothers. If ever there was any doubt
in anyone's mind that women can become skillful pilots, the WASP have dispelled that
doubt. I want to stress how valuable I believe the whole WASP program has been for
the country. . .We . . .know that you can handle our latest fighters, our heaviest
bombers; we. . . know that you are capable of ferrying, target towing, flying
training, test flying, and the countless other activities which you have proved you can
do. So, on this last graduation day, I salute you and all WASP. We of the Army Air Force
are proud of you, we will never forget our debt to you."
Hap Arnold, Commanding General,
Last Graduation of WASP, 1944
"I have the utmost respect for all members of the
Women's Air Force Pilots. They were hard working, dedicated pilots who served our country
well, playing an important part during the war."
Chuck Yeager, Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret. March
"These ladies have taught me ever so much...They have reached out
and touched me as a child, as a teenager, as a college student, as a young woman...How
many people do you think would pay their own way to go serve their country and fight for
freedom? The WASP did it. And they serve as an example for all of us. They taught me that
women can do anything they really want to do if it's the right thing to do..and you put
your mind to it..they have been a remarkable inspiration for so many of us."
Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General -- May 23, 1993
"I hope all the WASP present and past will fly high on wings of our
pride in their service...you have my profound gratitude for the legacy you have given to
us and the legacy you pass on to young women today."
Ann Richards, Governor of Texas -- May 23, 1993
PRE WASP QUOTE FROM FIRST LADY, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
"The CAA says that women are psychologically not fitted to be pilots but I see pictures every now and then of women who are teaching men to fly. We know that in England, where the need is great, women are ferrying planes and freeing innumerable men for combat service.
It seems to me that in the civil air patrol and in our own ferry command women, if they can pass the tests imposed upon our men, should have an equal opportunity for noncombat service.
I believe in this case, if the war goes on long enough and women are patient, opportunity will come knocking at their doors. However, there is just a chance that this is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used. As my correspondent says: “I think it is time you women spoke up for yourselves and undertook a campaign to see that our 3500 women fliers, everyone of whom is anxious to do something in the war, be given a chance to do it.” Hence I am speaking up for the women fliers, because I am afraid we cannot afford to let the time slip by just now without using them."
SEPTEMBER 1, 1942: “MY DAY” by Eleanor Roosevelt. (syndicated column)