1977: The Year of the WASP

3 pics-WASP being honored, one with President Obama

From the Director:

August 9, 1977: For the first time the Air Force is allowing women to fly its aircraft. The reaction of women pilots who flew for the Army Air Forces in WW II was immediate and indignant. They united and sought formal recognition from Congress that their flights were official military missions that ought to give them war veteran status. Their campaign for recognition proved successful, and 1977 was declared The Year of the WASP. 

On November 23, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a bill that recognized that WASP had flown on active duty for the U.S. armed forces during the war. All WASP would receive honorable discharges and veterans' benefits. 

In 2009, over 3 decades later, the WASP received the Congressional Gold Medal. And now in 2015, for the first time, an unprecedented dramatic mini-series in development that will let the world know what these women accomplished in World War II.