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Honoring the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots

JSSI is proud to support the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Rise Above Program, which provides young people with real-world examples of how courage, self-confidence and perseverance can allow them to triumph over the adversity they face in their own lives.

The CAF is the world’s largest flying museum, dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. To accomplish this, the CAF collects, restores and flies a unique collection of World War II aircraft. JSSI is sponsoring the upcoming CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP program, which will tell the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and their journey to become the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft.

Through theatrical storytelling and immersive experiences, CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP will use a curved screen to immerse audiences in key moments in the WASP story. The audience will even take flight with the WASP in dynamic airborne sequences, evoking the feeling of flight.

CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP will bring the remarkable history and legacy of the WASP to audiences of all ages, across the United States. The goal is to demonstrate that one can be successful by remembering the following principles embodied by the WASP:

  1. Aim high
  2. Believe in yourself
  3. Use your brain
  4. Never quit
  5. Be ready to go
  6. Expect to win

The experience is aimed at a broad audience but it is designed to achieve particular resonance with young women. Following the experience, it is hoped they will leave the theater thinking, “If the WASP could do it, so can I!”

About the WASP

The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were female pilots who flew American military aircraft in service to their country in World War II. At the time, in the 1940s, society held the view that women did not belong in a cockpit. These women overcame many challenges before ultimately proving themselves as more than equal to the task of flying complex, modern aircraft.

Even though they faced a military unwilling to include them, the perseverance and dedication the WASP possessed allowed them to serve their country in a time of great need, blazing a path for generations of women who would follow them into aircraft cockpits and careers everywhere.

Though there were only 1,074 women who could call themselves WASP, their story provides an inspirational lesson about the power of self-confidence and determination. They teach us that no matter what our dreams may be, working to make them real will allow us to succeed.

For more details on the WASP, visit the CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP website

About the CAF

Established as a non-profit organization nearly 60 years ago, the CAF has been taking the airplanes to the people to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. For decades, the CAF has produced many aviation events across the country, including the CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow, which annually attracts more than 90,000 spectators and was the 2015 Airshow of the Year.

The CAF is operated by a dedicated group of more than 12,000 volunteer-members. These members maintain and operate a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, or to become involved, visit the CAF website here.


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