by Warren Whittaker Hinkle
"My aunt Cappy Whitaker Johnson, passed away on March 18. She was 95 years old and in another month would have been 96. She was a special woman like so many women are to their families. However, she was a very special woman to her country as one of the 1,074 Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, who were the first women in history trained to fly American military aircraft.
Several years ago I interviewed Aunt Cappy on her service as a WASP. She was very proud of the part that she was able to play in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. The WASP was opened for women who already had pilot's licenses so that they would need less training than someone who didn't already know how to fly. She shared her love of flying with her big brother, my dad. The two would save every penny they could to rent a plane in Beckley, W. VA., at the Mount Hope Airport to go flying."
Rad more of Reporter Warren Whittaker Hinkle's tribute to her "Aunt Cappy" in this special segment (download PDF) to The Voice Newspaper.