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SURGING POWER OF FOUR PRATT AND WHITNEY \VASP MAJOR ENGINES lifts the giant Lockheed Constitution s'teeply from the runway at Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Equipped with new 3500-horsepower engines, giving the big ship more than three times the power of a Diesel railwa:)' locomotive, the Constitution has taken off repeatedly after a run o:f less than 2000 feet carrying a gross weight of as much as 184,000 pounds. Two of the giant Consti'tutions are under construction at Lockheed for delivery to the United States Navy late in 1948. The big ship will carry 180 passengers and has a range of 6300 miles. It is 'the largest airplane of any type on order by the Nav~'. More than 50 test flights have been made during the first year of testing of the big ship.

WASP NEWSLETTER
Volume V Number
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Publisher

ORDER OF FIFINELLA 3629 Lavell Drive Los Angeles 41, Calif.

Executive President Vice President Secretary Executive Treasurer Secretary

Committee Betty Jane Williams

The WASP NEWSLETTER is published bi-monthly by the Order of FifineUa, whose members are former Women Airforce Service Pilots, better known as WASPs. This peacetime continuing organization was formed prior to their deactivation December 20th, 1944 and is legally incorporated as a non-profit group under the California state seal. The WASP NEWSLETTER is devoted primarily to the activities of the WASPs, and keeps them informed on current aeronautical events.

Hazel J. Raines Irene Crum HaUy 1. Stires

Contents Cochran Sets New Record There's No Limit To Up These Wandering WASPs Page 2 Page 3 Page 3

Women :ro Have Day At International Advisory Faith Buchner Sue Huff Gene Landman Mary McFadden Carol Brinton Elizabeth Watson Board of the Chicago Chapter Air Exposition Page 4

Cupid's Log-Book Radio Procedure Stork's Log-Book Circa 1948 :.'

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President of the Indiana Chapter The "FLYING BOXCAR" .................................................. Page 5 President of the New York Chapter Pres. of the Washington, D. C. Chapter Memorial Fund 1948 National Convention New York Chapter President of the Los Angeles Chapter Representative for the Los Angeles Chapter President of the Texas Chapter Ex -Officio Texas Chapter Thought You'd Like To Know Indiana Chapter America's Two-Place Jet Hoosier Air Scouts F-86 and B-45 , Page 5 _.....Page 6, 7 Page 8 Page 8 Page 10 Page 11 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13

Mickie Carmichael Dodie AspeU

THE NEWSLETTER GETS A NEW LOOK


With this issue we have a different look-a new format as they say in the trade. We're smaller, our type is easier to read, our margins are neat, and we're less expensive to mail and to print. Let Us know how we're received. We're anxious to know whether you prefer us as we were or as we have become.

National Headquarters 3629 Lavell Drive Los Angeles 41, Calif.

Anne Berry 417 East 9th St. Apt. 14 New York 3, N.Y.

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SETS TWO

NEW RECORDS

Within two days last month, Jacqueline Cochran, famous woman flyer and director of the WASPs during World War II, established a new international and United States 2,000 kilometer record and a new international 1,000 kilometer record in her P-51 "Mustang." On May 22, Miss Cochran surpassed the jet speed record with her gasoline-powered ship by flying the 1,242.793-mile closed course from Palm Springs Airport to a point near Santa Fe, N. M. and return in approximately two hours, 46 minutes, averaging 448 m.p.h. The previous record was established May 19, 1946, by Lt. J. J. Hancock of the United States Air Force in a jet "Shooting Star." Two days later she averaged 432 miles per hour over a 621.~69-mile course from Palm Springs Airport to a point near Flagstaff, Ariz., and return to' set a new international record for propeller-driven planes. Her latter flight was roughly 16 miles per hour slower than the one to Santa Fe. When asked about this difference in speed in the two flights, Miss Cochran said: "Last Saturday's flight was for blood. I bought this P-51 two years ago and ever since have been fixing it up for the one objective of beating the Army's jet 2,000 kilometer speed record. The Bendix Race and other flights were just incidental. I knew I couldn't beat the 1,000 kilometer jet record today, and I also knew that I could establish a new record for planes powered with reciprocating engines, so I made things slightly easier on the engIne and myself in today's flight. But even so, considering the double climb that I had' to make at the check point to be seen and timed by the judges, it would have been impossible over this shorter distance to equal the 448 miles per hour flown last Saturday." This record beats her own record set approximately years ago by more than 100 miles per hour. 10

matheinatical corrections with respect to various instruments used but heretofore these have not materially affected timed results during flight. For her May 22 flight Katherine Stinson, famous during World War I as an aviatrix and one of the first American women to be licensed as a pilot acted as chief judge at the Santa Fe pylon turn. Last December 17, Miss Cochran flew her P-51 to a new international women's three kilometer record flown at sea level at Indio, Calif., and last December 10 she used it to set a new international women's 100 kilometer record of 469.549 m. p. h. Her flight to Santa Fe was at altitude. Other records include: international and U. S. women's 2000 kilometer records. Mt. Wilson - Mesa Giganta, N. M. - return April 6, 1940. 1,242.739 miles without load at 331.716 m.p.h.; international and U.S. women's 1000 kilometer records. Burbank San Francisco-return, September 5, 1939. 621.2369 miles without load at 305.926 m. p. h.; U.S. women's transcontinental West-East record (Bendix Race Winner) Burbank-Brooklyn, via Cleveland, 10 hours, 27 minutes, 55 seconds. September 3, 1938, at 234.776 m.p.h.; U.S. women's altitude record, Palm Springs, California, March 24, 1939, 30,052.43 feet. In June 1941, she was the first woman to fly a Royal Air Force Lockheed Hudson bomber from Canada to Great Britain. She holds the official inter-city record from New York to Miami of 4 hours, 12 minutes, 27.2 seconds, made on December 3, 1947. Her record long distance contests follow: 1&35 London to Melbourne Forced out in Roumania 1936 Bendix Trophy Race Forced out at Kingman, Ariz. 1937 Bendix Trophy Race ........................ First woman to finish (Third in field) 1938 Bendix Trophy Race Winner 1946 Bendix Trophy Race ......................First woman to fimsh. (Second in fieldl

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WASPs, along with other women flyers, are scheduled to be seen in action at the International Air Exposition Which will be held from July 31 through August 8 at New York International airport (Idlewild). Here's the proposed program as outlined by Nonrne Horton, Gloria Heath, A. J. May and Joan Gough, members of the New York Chapter who have been working on the WASP contribution to the show - and the girls have been working hard. 1. Booth - static display to include the following: a. Series of 7 or 8 dolls to represent the progress of women in aviation, from the first participant (a woman parachutist in Marie Antoinette's day) to the latest postwar feminine pilot. The dolls will be dressed in the costume of the period and will increase in size proportionately to the increase of women in the field of aviation. b. Display of books on, by and concerning women in aviation. c. Display of trophies "achievable" by women in various aspects of aviation - records, racing, etc. . d. Display of insignia of various women's flying organizations - WASP, 99's, WF A, etc. e. Any good articles and photographs showing the .great rise in the number of women in aviation, including those taking in war duties. 2. Flight participation: This has resolved itself into eight specialtiesa. Piper cruiser towing Schweitzer glider. b. Stinson station wagon dropping carton with control veins and flares for relief and medicinal supply in emergency areas. c. Light plane take off, one with and one without JATO, for comparison. d. Light plane take off and landing equipped with caster or cross-wind landing gear. e. Demonstration of new "baseball" parachute. f, g, h - Still working on them. Who has ideas? There'll be other than WASPs flying in the show. The Army and Navy Air Forces, the Marine Corps and Coast Guard will each demonstrate some peculiar technique. The Coast Guard, for instance, will show how helicopters are used in airsea rescue, and the Army, in flight operations and static exhibits, will tell the story of the airborne infantry and the functions of its liason planes. (See photo of Fairchild packet elsewhere in Newsletter). Six of the British Royal Navy's most advanced fighter aircraft, including a jet-propelled Sea Vampire will give flight performances, as will two Royal Navy single engine Sea Furies and three twin-engine Sea Hornets. The appearance of the DeHaviliand Sea Vampire will be of particular interest to American audiences, since no British jet aircraft have been demonstrated in the United States and because it is one of the outstanding jet planes now in service. It was the first jet plane to land and take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. Early in December, 1945, a Sea Vampire piloted by Lt. Comm. E. M. Brown, RNVR, accomplished four landip'gs and three take-offs on the Ii: ht carrier HMS Ocean in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight, despite the fact that the weather was unfavorable with a heavy swell running. It is a single-place, twin-boom fighter, powered by a DeHavilland Goblin II engine, which produces a thrust of nearly 3500 pounds. Its maximum speed is in the neighborhood of 600 miles per hour.

The DeHavilland Sea Hornet, a single-place, twin engine fighter, is one of the fastest propeller-driven aircraft in any country today, with a top speed of approximately 500 miles per hour. It is powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, each having 2030 horsepower, and is unusual in that the starboard engine has right-hand rotation and the port engine has left-hand rotation. The Hawker Sea Fury is a single-place fighter bomber, powered by a Bristol Centaurus eighteen cylinder engine of 2560 horsepower. It is distinguished by its extraordinary high rate of roll, about 100 degrees a second. It has a maximum speed of about 450 miles per hour.

RADIO PROCEDURECIRCA 1 948


"There are more job offers in radio than we have graduates to fill," says Miss Alice Keith, president of the National Academy of Broadcasting, Washington, D. C. "Requests are constantly coming in from all parts of the country for trained personnel. Radio with its rapidly increasing numbers of new stations, with Frequency Modulation and Television just coming into its own, offers one of the most promising and fascinating fields of activity for men and women." That's the opinion of someone who should know-and a new kind of job for some WASP, possibly, who is still looking around for something that suits. Miss Keith says they've graduated staff announcers, sports and news-casters, production managers, script writers, station publicity men, radio time salesmen, music continuity writers, and a girl disc jockey . Most radio positions pay well, and it's a safe assumption television work will too. It's a thought. How do you read us? - Over.

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Thelma H. Kennedy, 44-10, became the bride of Paul R. Miller, Norwalk, Ohio, on February 28 of this year. Mr. Miller is a member of the firm Miller & Miller, Attorneys-at-Law. Rebecca Henry Edwards was married on November 22, 1947 to Mr. Frederick Ward Brown. Mr. Brown is with the accounting firm of Ernst and Ernst in Memphis. Ruth Nydine Glaser, 44-10, was married to Mr. Jack Wesley Wright on January 24, 1948, in Los Angeles. Lillian Glezen, 44-9, was married to Johnston H. Wray, Jr., of Boston, Mass., on October 2, 1947 at Las Vegas, Nevada. Both she and her husband are employed by the CAA at Salt Lake City. Betty Fulbright, 44-10, became the bride of Mr. Omar White at Clarksville, Ark., on December 16, 1947. Sara E. Bailey, 44-6, became Mrs. Kenneth Williams on December 23,1947 in Washington, D. C. Lois Maxine Dobbin was married to Mr. Bernard V. Kelly at Wichita, Kansas, on March 20, last. Margaret Needham became the bride of Mr. Joe A. Walker on November 8, 1947. Mr. Walker is a pilot and flew gliders, as did Margaret. Both ha've been instructing. Ruth Kutner is now Mrs. Jurnecka. Suzanne Bane, 44-10, is now Mrs. John B. Armstrong. The Armstrongs live at 500 West 50th Street, New York, 19. Helen J. L. Trench, 43-4, is now Mrs. Geoffrey A. Brown, of State Road, Andalusia, Pa. Hazel Stemper is now married to Walter W. Kulik and is living at 115-117 Christie Street, Apartment 4, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. Alice Chilcoat, 43-8, was married to Mr. Robert E. Updike on August 18, 1946. She is livip"gat 312 Franklin, Rapid City, S. D., and invites WASPS to stop by when they are in that neighborhood.

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A FAIRCHILD "FL YIXG BOXCAR" l'quipped with the first tricycle tracl<-tn1e gl'ar installation tal<es off one one of its early test flights. Designed to land and take off from sand, sod or other unprepared landing strips, thc track-type gear is expected to bring new areas of possibility into the realm of military flight. The twin-engine C-82 was selected for the test installation because the plane was originally designed for operating in and out of short, unimproved fields and has been adopted as the standard USAF troop and cargo transport.

MEMORIAL FUND
As a result of a national ballot, it has been officially voted that the MEMORIAL FUND be used to give additional medical care to those still in need as a result of injuries received while on duty as a \VASP. An official list of WASP personnel, who were injured and killed in aircraft accidents has been received from headquarters in Washington. All accidents are listed, whether minor, major or fatal. However, to date, the exact extent of these injuries is not known, inasmuch as such information is not included in the accident investigation reports on file. The necessary surgery or medical care for one girl might easily exhaust all present monies in the Memorial Fund, Our profits from the selling of stationery, rings, pins, decals, patches etc., have been small, as you can well see. THEREFORE it has been suggested by your national president that each girl, still in need, undergo a medical examination to be paid for by the Memorial Fund - so that we might better realize the approximate sum we would have to raise to take care of each and every girl. Each girl who stands on record as having received injuries will be contacted. The committee will work with the official list, only, All correspondence will of necessity be confidential. \Ve want to do our part to the very best of our ability mal,e life a little more pleasant for our buddies, Through our organization this may be possible. A committee is now being appointed, to review all the facts, and start definite steps. Direct all correspondence on this matter to Betty Jane Williams at National Headquarters in Los Angeles, until the committee chairman is announced,

SYORKS LOG-BOOK
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. DeGray (Irene Fremd) from Sao Paulo, Brazil announce thc arrival of \Villiam Grant DeGray III, born December 12, 1947. Ethel Lytch Millel' writes that "on Feb. 13, 1948, Capt. and Mrs. Marvin W. Miller became the proud parents of twin boys named James Andrew and VI'illiam Angus. We are stationed at Hamilton Field now and living in Vallejo, California." Ingrid Sedgwick was born on March 2, 1948 to Lt. and Mrs. Carl Evald Erickson, Jr. (Patricia Chadwick). Lt. Erickson is with the Air Rescue Det. No.8, McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Reich, Fox Road, Long Hill, Bridgeport, Conn., announce the arrival of Robert Lee, Jr. on December 20, 1947. Mrs. Reich is the former Sylvia Miller. Julie Jenner Stege announces the arrival of a baby girl. Kay Stark Gunderson now has two little girls. Patrice Michaele was born on Feb. 15, 1948. Jini Wilson Hammond announces the arrival of a son in November, 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Clayton announce Robert Lester, born Nov. 15, 1947. Jean Sheridan the arrival of a son,

Downey Harman announces the birth of a daughter, Lois, last June 27, at Jacksonville, Florida.
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The Third National Conven'tlon will be held In Los Angeles, ( cated on the famed Hollywood Boulevard. Grauman's Chlnest of your favorite movie stars, Is directly across the way. The airborne celebrities grace the walls. The Redwood Room an, At your disposal are several beautiful cocktail lounges and I made. Being the "aviation hotel" of Hollywood, many of the J: facilitating travel 'to the Interesting spots you've read or hear'

The lnltlal take-off was made at a luncheon at the Hollywood Roosevelt Ho'tel on June 28rd. Members of the Chamber of Commerce, the press, and 'the public relations chairman for the Hull Hotels attended as well as the following commlt'tee members and officers: Betty Jane Williams Carol Brinton Hally StIres Virginia Streeter Cutler Allaire Bennett Jean Babb Joan Whelan _ _ Natlonal President Los Aitgeles President Executlve Secretary Conventlons Chairman Transportation Chairman Receptlon Chairman Flying Events Chairman

rt was the first official meeting of the entire committee. Members. of the press were very interested, as evidenced by the many articles tha t have appeared in the Los Angeles area papers. Associated, Uni'ted and ~ternatlonal Press were contacted. They have promised support. Members of the press offered the Press Club in Los Angeles as the setting for a cocktail party. The committee members are busy contacting potential sponsors, and it is a IIttle'difficult to say exactly at this time just what is in s'tore for you. Cocktail parties, luncheons and dinner-dancing is being planned for your enjoyment. At least two business meetings are scheduled, a't which time the year's activities will be reviewed and new business will be discussed and planned.

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This is the first time the convention has been sche/J the tourist or visitor; all sorts of recreation, av ing and unusual eating places, landscaped drivl cif the stars, the coast line of the beautiful Paciti. attractions; Besides you wiil be able to enjoy 'thethe train or' fly . . . PLAN TO ATTEND THIS Those who live quite a distance, might profit to c can make arrangements. to attend with your fare baymates, let's aU get 'together this September.
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Plans to date include tickets to 'the many popular radio broadcasts that originate here on the West Coast. Arrangements are being made to include as part of the program, tours 'through the many movie studios. The following aviation-minded celebrites have accepted our invitation to appear as guests at different occasions: Robert Young, Brian Aherne, Lon McAllister, Dick Powell, Dick Hames and several others. The Out-of-Doors Day will be held at Clover Field, Santa Monica with Frances Langford and Jon HaU as your host and hostess. The operators on 'the field have graciously offered the use of their aircraft for the competitive flying events. That evening a. beach party or simlllar gathering will take place. Since Airforce Day has been changed to September 'the 18th, it is possible that we may take part in Airforce Day activities. Nothing definite has yet been decided. Meetings with the prop,er authorities are 'taking place. Just in case we might be asked to parade, get out that WASP uniform and check it for cleaning, buttons, etc. Your husbands are invited 'to attend. If you like, why not plan your vacation together, and make it sunny California this year. Much of the program has been planned with that thought in mInd. There will be free 'time alloted so that you wiIl be able to visit with your classmates, buddies and baymates, as well as do the town with your husband.

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New York Chapter


Gene Landman, president, presided at the January meeti':1g which took place in the Cortile Restaurant in Manhattan. Betty Williams, National President of the Order of Fifinella, brought up the use of the Memorial Fund. There was quite a discussion on how this money should be used. It was agreed that it should be used to aid any WASP's who were injured while in the service and need financial assistance. However, there is also the question of aiding WASP who were injured after the organization was disbanded. Also under discussion was the $1000 given the WASP by Carlos Franco, at the reunion in Ponca City. Betty asked for suggestions as to whom should be awarded Scholarship funds and how they should be awarded. Gloria Heath, on the committee handling the Women's Day program for the International Air Exposition which opens at the Idlewild Airport in August, asked that all those who had time, talent or ideas to contribute should contact her. Gene suggested that for each meeting a Hostess be nominated to select the meeting place and arrange the menu. Sue Bane Armstrong volunteered to make special phone calls to W ASP in the New York area in an effort to prompt more girls to attend the meetings. Those present were: Dorothy Allen, Su;.;anne Bane Armstrong, Eileen Bristol, Bernice Falk, Alice Gartland, Kay Hilbrandt, Nonnie Horton, Katherine Kornblum, Gene Landman, Alice J. May, Kay Menges, Jean Mohrman, Ruby Rosenthal, Clara Jo Stember, Betty J. Williams, and Gloria Heath. Again the Cortile Restaurant was chosen for the March meeting, at which a healthy discussion took place on the subject, "Shall \'.' ASP's Support the President's Air Policy Commission Report" Because of illness in the family, Clara Jo Stember, who was to lead the discussion, could not be present, so Gene Landman took over. The purpose of the meeting was to pass a resolution, to be presented to other Gloria Heath, on the committee handling the Women's chapters for approval, stating, ineffect that the WASPs as a group supported the United Nations and believed an International Air Force, rather than strong national air forces, of many countries, was desirable instrument for Peace. The resolution had its supporters, who argued that a world arms race would inevitably lead to world catastrophe. Others were as firm in their convictions that in view of world events, national safety lay in a heavy national defense program. Since no agreement could be reached, it was decided to bring up the question at the next meeting, after each member had studied the Report. The Idlewild Committee reported the progress slow but hopeful. In charge of committee are: Nonnie Horton, fiy-bys; Alice Jean May-exhibit; Joan Gough-sponsors. Vice President Lauretta Darcy was mistress of ceremonies as well as Hostess. Lauretta reminded everyone of the importance of dues. It was decided to reach the majority of members through the mail in regard to dues. Those present were: Lucy Gladson. Connie Dorsey, Anne Berry, Lauretta Darcy, Jimi Foster, Doris Gee, Joan Gough, Scotty Gough, Gloria Heath, Kathleen Hilbrandt. Nonnie Horton, Gen.e Landman, Alice Jean May, Doris Manuel, Vivian Nemhauser and Marian Yoe. Presi-dent Gene Landman presided at the April meeting of the New York Chapter, held at The Miyako, 20 West 56th Street. (Address for benefit of those who like Japanese food and superb fried shrimp.) Because the Sukayaki dinner with its preliminaries turned out to be a lengthy as well as tasty affair, very little business

was discussed. Gene read a short piece she had written entitled "Someone ought to tell Blanche" in which she pointed out the excellent work that Miss Noyes, head of the air marking program, had done and is doing in that field. She also stated that the vast sums of money being channeled into military aviation programs seemed like someone behind the program thought we'd be needing that might for war, and that in a future war, as in the past one, all air marking had to be destroyed. Wouldn't it be sensible, she asked, if, in addition to helping with air marking and participating in air shows and other worthy civil aviation activities, we, as a responsible aviation group, took definite and constructive action toward furtheril'lg world peace-without which our othel' interests cannot exist: Some' present supported Gene and others were of the opinion that air marking was important enough to be continued regardless of whether the WASP did anything else or not toward putting themselves on record for world peace. The International Police Force and the President's Air Policy Commission came up again, and because it was decided there were not enough members at the meeting to come to any definite decision, Gene suggested sending out ballots to learn how members stood in regard to support of the two. Those present were Dorothy Allen, Marge Bergh, Anne Berry, Lauretta Darcy, Jimi Foster, Kay Hilbrandt, Nonnie Horton, Gene Landman, Ann Meuer, Chal'iotte Niles, Mary Parker, Clara Jo Stember, Betty J. Williams, Marion Yoe and Bernice Falk. -Kathleen Hilbrandt

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The girls in the Texas Chapter of the Order of Fifinella gathered at the Southland Hotel in, Dallas, Texas, over the week-end of February 28 and 29 for a meeting. ( A buffet luncheon opened the activities for the week-end with some 20 ex_W ASP gathered from Oklahoma City, San Angelo, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, (far points from each other down here, too.) Harriett Gaskill, Field Director for the Girl , )I Scouts in Dallas, led a round table ~ ~ I discussion on the Wing Scouts. She ~ '.opened it by giving a very clear background of Girl Scouting, Senior Scouting and the rather new field of Wing Scouting. Many of those present were actively engaged with Wing Scout flights or were endeavoring to organize some, and had many questions to ask Miss Gaskill. The discussion proved so interesting that it took up the greater part of the afternoon. Jackie Hart's mother reserved her place, Sunset Inn, out on White Rock Lake for the evening, where delicious T-Bone steaks; hot biscuits, and home-made apple pie were served before two roaring fire places. Sunset Inn is located on a hill overlooking a lake with the dining room running the entire length of the buildin~, The side facing the lake is practically all windows, opening onto a porch where the fresh breezes from the lake would make it most inviting in the summer time. Every one vowed to make it a "must" on th'eir return trips to Dallas. Mr. Jim Fall, formerly from Eagle Pass, was the guest speaker that evening. He is now operating a Fly YourselfRent-A-Plane service in Tulsa and Dallas, using the new Beech Bonanza. This system enables a person to rent the plane and fly it himself, or if he so desires, to charter it for only 23 cents additional cost. Where you fly yourself you must have a minimum of 800 flying hours and at least 200 hours cross-country time.

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Since most employers have personnel who can meet these requirements it would pay them to rent a plane' under this system and use his secretar'y as his pilot rather than maintain his own plane and hire a pilot outside to do his flying. Mr. Fall is particularly anxious for as many of the WASP as possible to get under this set-up. He said he would feel at ease in renting his planes to the girls as he feels they are very capable pilots. He is recommending that the business men who do a great deal of traveling hire WASP so they can take advantage of this opportunity. At the business meeting Sunday morning, Ziggy Hunter, airport inspector with the Texas Aeronautics Commission and former Sweetwater instructor, told what the 'state is doing to help with Air Marking on Skyway No. 1. She said they are also endeavoring to establish designated emergency landing fields every 20 miles along the Skyways. The Chapter voted to renew their efforts on this project, and Ziggy is sending them detailed information relative to this. H was also decided to hold Chapter week-end of each month for the remainder effort to abide by the By-Laws. meetings the last of the year, in an

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER


The January meeting was held at Torrance Field. After a very nice dinner, a short business meeting was conducted. We discussed plans for the 1948 National Reunion. The unanimous decision strongly recommended Los Angeles for this year's reunion. It was pointed out that the first one was held in the East, and the second one in the Middle West. We decided that many of the WASPs feel that the logical place is the West Coast for the third convention. The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce has been exceptionally co-operative and we feel we could provide a bang-up time. Those present were: Jean Reimer, Frances Dias, Jean Babb, Liz Watson, Rosina Lewis, Lola Perkins Johnson, Georgie White, Esther Nelson, Daisy McLaurin Ashton, Mardo Crane, Dodie Aspell, Carol Brinton, Kay Murphy, Virginia Streeter Cutler, and Joan Whelan. Betty ,\Vall's sister, Julie, was a guest. The March meeting took place on the 30th at Clover Field, Santa Monica. There were about 25 present.-gossip was swapped fast and furiously. Dodie Aspell made and brought another of her "specialties" luscious baked beans. Believe the salad was hers, too. (Some man will grab that gal for her cooking alone!) Dinner was served Buffet Style in the new dover Leaf Restaurant, just opened by Frances Langford and Jon Hall. As you probably know, they are both pilots, and made us feel very welcome. After dinner Al Conover, te~t pilot. for the new North, American Jet, F-J-1, gave a most interesting talk on that particular jet as well as others. His lecture 'was most enlightening and was enjoyed by aiL The next meeting was held April 27th at Clover Field .. After dinner Frances Langford and Jon Hall showed movies that were taken at the Hearst Ranch 'in San Simeon, California About 20 members attended. June 1st meeting was again held at 'Clover Field,. Santa Mon.ica. Our national president had just arrived from ,New York and was quite happy to be back in the land of "golden sunshine." She discussed the steps involved in airmaking and a number of the members have taken an interest. The majority of the business discussion concerned the coming national convention. Virginia Streeter Cutler, who has been appointed by Betty Jane Williams, as Conventions Chairman, told the girls of some of the plans. Suggestions were made, and possible problems went the roun.ds. Joan Whelan was appointed as Outof-Doors Day Chairman. Joan works at Clover Field, and will coordinate all flying activities. The Mayfair Hotel in Los Angeles set the' scene for the next meeting, held on June 24th. A good attendance enjoyed canapes and highballs. The cost was very nominal, one dollar each. The meeting was most successful both socially and business-\\:':i.se. Virginia Cutler, National Convention Chairman, told of all the plans to date, and everyone present was quite.pleased with the events that arc being lined up._ A' short discussion followed. .. Each and every girl in the Los Angele1! Chapter haspledgcd herself to personally invite her best buddies to attend. Mrs. Clifford Deaton, Chief Establishment Officer at Sweetwater, recently visited California to attend the Red Cross National Convention. She is the Southwest Director of Acquatics for the Red Cross in Texas. Her few free moments were Rpent' with WASP friends in San Francisco ar.;d Los Angeles. Hally Stires and Betty Williams gave a party in her honor the evening of July 1st at their little hill top phone. It was the first time many of the gals h'ad seen Dedic since good ole' WASP days. She left with a tear in her eye, wearing a fresh carnation lei, which Dodie Aspell had made; vowing to whip right back come con,vention time: '

There are several offices to be filled in the chapter, due to the provision in the By-Laws that a person cannot hold two offices at the same time.. No action. was taken on this as Chapter President, Mickie Carmichael, was in Arizona. The Vice-President elect,' Hazel Raines, and Secretary-Treasurer Ava Hamm, fell under this provision and could not officially hold office. Ruth Hagemann Wheeler was appointed by Mickie as Vice-President, but at the time of the meeting this appointment had not been approved. The meetip,g was adjourned around noon, and the girls began packing for their trip home. Not all were able to fly in, but Holly Hollinger came in her converted UC-78. Vada Mae Lum and a friend flew a Cessna 140 from Oklahoma City. Among the newcomers to the Chapter meeting were Starley Grona and Marie Adler, who drove from San Antonio. Starley is feeling fine now and is flying all over the country again. Mrs. Deaton arrived via the airlines a little too late for the luncheon but in time to have a feast all her own while the rest sipped at their third or fourth glass of ice tea. Larry Rutledge, 44-6, and her room mate, Bill Myers, (a girl) drove from San Angelo. Larry is working for CAA Communications in San Angelo but will soon transfer to Roswell, New Mexico. It was the first time she hadattel'.ded a Chapter meeting but now she says she is not going to miss another. Holly Hollinger, the district representative from San Antonio, has been doing a grand job there, getting together new members for the Order. They have been meeting every third Thursday at the St. Anthony, taking in, the Style Show and working on projects for their district. Holly and Marie Adler have been very busy in their efforts to get a Wing Scout Flight organized, but so far have met with a great deal of opposition from the mothers. Ava Hamm volunteered to help with the Wing Scouts in FOI.t Worth, but before she knew what was happening she was Flight Leader; so she talked Virginia Williams Hubbard, 44-5, in.to being her assistant. They both enjoy working with the girls a great deal, and are amazed to find how much they have forgotten, when the girls pop up with some question that is not on the subject, and they have to stall them off until they can look up an answer. Hazel Raines and Delrose Seiber Wing Scouts in Oklahoma City. are also working with the

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FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP
A committee, appointed to set up the points for the Flight Scholarship, donated by Mr. Carlos Franco, met with the donor on February 16th. His gift of $1000.00 to be awarded in the amount of $250.00 annually will go towards actual flying only. The suggestion of opening the award to research was discussed and it was decided that too often the exact results of such an award are lost; and that perhaps it would not encourage active flight participation as much as a flight scholarship would. It is the purpose of this award to agitate for more flight training in the high schools of today. The entire program will be administered through the State Boards of Education. The following points were decided at that meeting and have met with the approval of the Advisory Board:

The May meeting was held on the 22nd at the home of Marge Gilbert, 1139 Hunt St., Richmond, The Indianapolis con,. lingent, consisting of Sue Huff, Madge Minton, Mary Anna Wyall and Betty Pettitt, was joined by Kate Lee Adams, and Mary Kurtz, both of Layfayette. The group proceeded in two cars from the Huff residence. A buffet supper was served on their arrival at 8:00 o'clock and was really delicious. Marge had pasted the Fifi decals on the inside tall, clear glasses, making an ext.remely attractive set-an idea for all WASPs for highball or water glasses; and a good way to increase the Memorial Fund. Sue, Marge and Madge were at the Girl Scout Conference at Dellwood Girl Scout Camp, Indianapolis, on Sunday, June .6th and led a discussion on \Vin,g Scouting for girls all over the state. tng, Scout This consisted requirements, troops, etc. above, Mary nearly Anna Weil's last name is now of a program projects, for activities of \Ving Scoulof other \Ving

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BOOS ER A R SCOUTS
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FEW months ago leaders of Indianapolis' Girl Scout organization found themselves besieged by a quartet

of earnest young women who, with an enthusiasm that soon proved contagious, propounded the merits of a unique new activity for feminine Scouts. They wanted, in short, to teach the fundamentals of aviation to a group of youngsters usually believed to be Interested exclusively' In feminine frippery. Proponents of the suggestion were four former WASPS, veterans of the Women'~ Air Force Service Pilots who themselves had spent a fair portion of the war years In the pilot's seat of Army aircraft. Already aware of the wartime record hung up by such feminine. tIiers, Girl Scout administrators needed little urging to convince themselves of the plan's merits. Their Interest Increased, too, when they learned that the eastern Indiana city of Richmond already was forming a group of Girl Scout fliers under the leadership of WASPS there. Without further ado, Scout leaders gave the Indianapolis WASPS free reign to form the Wing Scouts, an appropriately named branch of the Girl Scouts which shows promise of growing Into a state-wide organization with chapters In every Hoosier community where former WASPS now live ... THAT GIRLS are as Intrlg<1ed by the air age as their brothers is evidenced by the fact that enough youngsters flocked Into the new organization to form five Wing Scout "Flight Groups" In Indianapolis alone. Each group was given a suitable aeronautical designation such as "Swift," "Cessna," "Stinson" and "Piper." Credit for sponsorship of the Indianapolis Wing Scouts belongs to Mrs. Charles A. Huff Jr., Mrs. Sherman Minton Jr., Mrs: Donald R. Berner and Miss Betty Pettit, all veterans of. many hours in the air. Miss Pettit, for Ins~nce, served as a pilot of. training craft and as a line tester with the Training Command. Now she does skywriting for an Indianapolis firm. Mrs. Berner and Mrs. Minton during the war years flew Army pursuit planes for the Ferry Command, and Mrs. Huff was a training ship and target tow pilot for the TrainIng Command. The fifth Indianapolis "Flight Group" Is under the guidance of Mrs. Mary Oglesby who, although not a former WASP, holds a private pilot's license. As soon as a Girl Scout becomes a member of a Wing Scout group she is entitled to wear her "wings" on the pocket of her 'Jniform. But the insigna merely means that she Is beginning a long period of training. Depending upon the initiative of her leader, she may go far in the various aspects of flying.
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All girls In the groups, numbering about 60 Scouts In Indianapolis, are senior Scouts In their early teens. Their ground training is designed to further their Interest In flying by teaching them the principles and rules of piloting. The Scouts' WASP Instructors have prepared mimeographed sheets explaining flight entrance requirements and diagraming a plane as a practical aid to familiarizing girls with aircraft. Along with this they study history of aviation, meteorology, navigation, CAA regulations and safety on the ground as well as In the
air.

Model airplane bUilding occupies the Wing Scouts in summer months when they are not attending regular meetings. Fitting together parts on models is aimed at furthering th~lr practical knowledge of the theory of flight and the various parts of the airplane which they studied during the winter. From assemtftages of Girl Scouts at Camp Dellwood, the Indianapolis Girl Scout camp, and similar meeting places leaders hope to Increase the size of Wing Scout activities. The flve groups already begun in the north, south, east and west sections of Indianapolis already have attracted new members who joined the Girl Scouts in order to. take advantage of ground school training offered by this new branch of scouting. an air branch of the Girl Scouts came about because the Hoosier WASPS, after their service was disbanded ih 1944, determined that one of the most. colorful of the wartime organizations should' not be forgotten. "We felt," says. Mrs. Huff, "that our training and extensive experience ought to be of some help to others in civilian life. This Is just the beginning of the real air age, and the time will come when girls will need to know as much about planes as women-some. of them, that is-know now about automobiles." And other Wing Scout leaders say: "These girls may be only backseat drivers In a plane when they grow up, but they'll be good backseat drivers."

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The above article is an exact reprint of an article that appeared in the Indianapolis Star Magazine Section of June 20th. We regret that we were unable to get a copy of the photograph that accompanied the article. It showed Mrs. to three Wing Scouts

Donald Berner, explaining navigation on the wing of an all metal Swift.

F.86
The United States Air Force's first sweptback fighterNorth American Aviation's super streamlined jet propelled F-86 (shown above in foreground) is an operational airplane designed for speeds greater than the present world's speed record. Powered with a rated will attain a speed record Carl, USMC, by America's most powerful production jet engine thrust of approximately 5,000 pounds, the F-86 speed in excess of 650 miles per hour. The world's is 650.796 miles per hour set by Major Marion E. in a Navy D-558 Skystreak.

8.45
One of America's first operational bombers to employ jet propulsion is North American's B-45 seen above in the background. It was the first multiple jet airplane to fly in the United States. Powered by four General Electric Allison J-35 (TG-180) jet engines, each developing 4,000 pounds thrust, the B-45 is capable of more than. 480 miles per hour and has a service ceiling of 40,000 feet. The new bomber has a wing span of 89Y2 feet, is 74 feet long and 25 feet high from group to tail top. With a design gross weight of 82,600 poun'ds and a tactical radius of more than 800 miles, it compares in size and range to world War II heavy bombers, though technically classified as a medium bomber. Bomb load is over ten tons, giving it a substantially greater payload than the wartime heavies. George Krebs, North American test pilot who flew the B45 on its maiden flight March 17, 1947, was able to supply the answers to two questions which had concerned aeronautical engineers ever since design work started on the plane. Questioll Number One.-What are the handling characteristics of a multi-jet bomber? "Anyone who can fly a multi-engine airplane can fly the B-45. It is very easy to fly and very maneuverable. It handles more easily than many smaller planes, and flies very well with two engines out on either port or starboard side. The stalling characteristics are excellent with no' tendency to roll or pitch." Question Number Two: What does it sound like inside the cabin? "There is less noise than in a glider, although the plane has the same smooth effortless flight. No engine noise or vibration-nothing seems to change except the tachometer needles."

Flown for the first time in its experimental version in September, 1947, the F-86 is designed and built to come nearer the speed of sound under actual combat than any other American fighter. The first production model was flown May 20, 1948, marking the first flight for the Air Force's new General Electric J-47 A (TG-190A) jet engine. It has a tactical radius of 500 miles and a service ceiling of over 40,000 feet. The plane's gross weight is 13,715 pounds. It was the first operational aircraft with sweptback wings to fly in this country. Presenting a radically different appearance from conventional wing fighters, the F-86 features a 35 degrees sweep back in its wings and empennage and a superfinished surface to reduce drag to a minimum. The combination of the sweep back and construction of a super thin wing, raises the maximum speed in level flight. The F-86 is in production at the Los Angeles plant, having a wing span of 37 feet, over-all length of 37 feet and a height of 14 feet.

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