Sweetwater, Texas is home to the National WASP World War II Museum at Avenger Field and host for the May 2011 WASP Homecoming (Women Airforce Service Pilots).  Thanks to Marie Spear for sending these lovely pictures from an awesome event. Marie is based at (KENW) Kenosha Regional Airport, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Pete & Marie's Stearman in front of WASP museum hangar upon arrival

My husband and I flew our Stearman to the WASP Homecoming from our home airport here in Kenosha, WI. It was an awesome experience!!!!!!!

Husband Pete and Marie

From the Reporter News; In the spirit of WASP, Peter and Marie Spear flew their restored 1941 Stearman — the same model that WASP flew — a thousand miles from Kenosha, Wis., to Sweetwater.

WASP Mary Alice Putnam Vandeventer and Marie

“I would have been a WASP,” said Marie Spear, adding that she had never heard of the female aviators until her husband gave her a book, so she insisted they fly in for the homecoming. “They are inspiring,” she said.

WASP Betty Wall Strofus and Marie

Peter Spear let one of the WASP get into his plane. “I said we better be careful getting them out of the plane,” he said. “They are a national treasure.”

WASP Shirley C. Kruse and Marie

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Marie Spear
    June 17, 2011, 7:12 am   /  Reply

    Hi! That first book I read was ‘Those Wonderful Women in their Flying Machines’ by Sally VanWagenen Keil. Since then I have read dozens of others. If you would like a list of book titles/authors I would be happy to send you one. Just send me your email. It was a great Stearman trip that we are planning to repeat again next year. We are trying to recruit more people to go.

    • Lisa Martin
      June 17, 2011, 7:47 am   /  Reply

      I’ll ask Judy if she can send you my email address. Judy?

  2. Lisa Martin
    June 15, 2011, 8:25 am   /  Reply

    Argh!!! I’m so jealous! We have a stearman based here in Worland, WY. The owner keep promising me a ride when he gets it out…but I don’t think it’s been out for about 3 years. What book did your husband get you? I read one about the WASPS, but it was actually written for middle school readers and many of the facts were grossly incorrect. I’d like to read a good one. Have fun flying.

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