An historical and inspirational exhibit at the Bob Bullock Museum tells the story of an amazing group of women that for so many years, went unknown. Jenny Cobb is Exhibit Assistant at the Bullock Museum, and she joined us in the studio to tell more about the exhibit. “Fly Girls of WWII” tells the inspirational stories of the first women in history to fly military aircraft for the United States, servicewomen known to history as WASP, who answered the call to duty in World War II. Organized by the Bullock Museum in partnership with Wings Across America, the exhibition features World War II uniforms, historic artifacts, and memorabilia, that tell the story how these courageous women changed the face of American military aviation. Video clips from interviews with WASP may be accessed by visitors on their mobile devices through QR codes reveal the pilots’ personal insights of triumph and perseverance. WASP received their military training at Houston’s Muniicpal Airport and Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, and after earning their silver wings, were deployed to 120 bases across the United States. Thirty-eight women lost their lives in the line of duty. The WASP were considered civilians and it was not until 1977 that they were granted veteran status. In 2010, they received the Congressional Gold Medal. “Fly Girls of WWII” will be on display at the Bob Bullock Museum through February 8th.
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