Near Sweetwater in Nolan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Women Airforce Service Pilots
Jacqueline Cochran, one to the most famous women pilots of the twentieth century, persistently lobbied U.S. Army Airforce General Henry "Hap" Arnold to establish a flight training program for women during World War II. Hard-pressed for pilots by mid-summer of 1942, General Arnold requested that Cochran return from England and put her Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) plan into action.
A WASP flight school, opened at Houston's Municipal Airport in late 1942, outgrew its facilities and was relocated to Avenger Field in Sweetwater. The school operated here from Feb. 20, 1943 to Dec. 7, 1944, during which time it became the first and only all-women military flying school in the world.
The program successfully trained women to fly every kind of mission short of combat, releasing male pilots for overseas duty. Of the 25,000 women who applied for WASP flight training, only 1,830 were accepted to the program. Of this number 1,074 went on to gain their silver wings and fly over 60 million miles on operational duty; 38 of them lost their lives serving their country. Considered civilian employees during the war, WASP pilots
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5893.)
Location. 32° 27.761′ N, 100° 28.41′ W. Marker is near Sweetwater, Texas, in Nolan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Homer K Taylor Drive and College Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Homer K Taylor Drive, Sweetwater TX 79556, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W.A.S.P. Training Base: Avenger Field (approx. 0.7 miles away); Roscoe Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Sweetwater Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); George Parks (approx. 4 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. 4 miles away); Roscoe Veterans Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway (approx. 4 miles away); Trammell House (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sweetwater.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Women Airforce Service Pilots. (Submitted on September 16, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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