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Helen Richey Pilot Log and Collection [Suskalo]

Creator:
Richey, Helen, 1909-1947  Search this
Names:
Bendix Air Races  Search this
Central Airlines  Search this
Great Britain. Air Transport Authority  Search this
United States. Bureau of Air Commerce  Search this
United States. Bureau of Air Commerce. National Air Marking Program  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Richey, Helen, 1909-1947  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic feet (2 folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Clippings
Logs (records)
Date:
1933-1944
Summary:
This collection consists of Helen Richey's pilot log for 1944-1945, newspaper clippings covering the period from 1933 to 1944 and seven photographs of Ms. RIchey.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Helen Richey's pilot log for 1944-1945, newspaper clippings covering the period from 1933 to 1944 and seven photographs of Ms. Richey.
Arrangement:
This collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Helen Richey (1909 - 1947) was an aviation pioneer who made headlines as a stunt pilot, a racing champion, a holder of speed and altitude records, a flight instructor, an Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and Womens Air Service Pilot (WASP) during WWII, the first women to pilot a commercial airliner on a regular scheduled run, and as the first woman to ever fly the United States mail. In April of 1930, Richey enrolled as a student pilot at Bettis Field's Curtiss-Wright flying school and on June 28, 1930, she earned her pilot's license. In December 1930, Richey was granted a limited commercial pilot's license bythe Department of Commerce. During the 1930s, Richey set a number of records and placed in several races, including as a co-pilot to Amelia Earhart in the 1936 Bendix Race. In 1934 Richey applied for a pilot's job with Central Airlines. She was hired and flew Central's route between Washington and Detroit. However, the Bureau of Air Commerce warned Centeral management to keep her on the ground in bad weather and the pilot's union rejected her application for membership. Due to these restrictions, Richey resigned from Central in October 1935. The Bureau of Air Commerce then offered Helen a new job as an air marking pilot for the government. She stayed with the air marking service until 1937 when the job was completed. In 1940 Richey was the first woman to earn an instructor's license and she was appointed an instructor for air cadets at Pittsburgh - Butler Airport. In 1942, she joined the American wing of the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), where she ferried aicraft and needed materials thoughout the British Isles. Richey headed the ATA's American Group from 1942 until April 1943, when she returned to the States and joined the WASPs. Unable to find aviation employment after the WASPs disbanded in 1944, she committed suicide in 1947.
Provenance:
Gene Suskalo, Gift, 1998, NASM.1999.0006
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Women air pilots  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial  Search this
Aeronautics -- Competitions  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Airports  Search this
Airports -- Location  Search this
Aeronautics -- Records  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Flight training  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Clippings
Logs (records)
Citation:
Helen Richey Pilot Log and Collection [Suskalo], NASM.1999.0006, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0006
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0006
Online Media:

WASPs Binder: Pictures of Life and Training of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots

Creator:
Haydu, Bernice Falk  Search this
Names:
Avenger Field -- Sweetwater, TX  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
United States. Army. Air Corps  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Cochran, Jacqueline  Search this
Haydu, Bernice Falk  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox) (1 slim legal document box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Songbooks
Photographs
Date:
1942-1944
Summary:
This collection, compiled by Bernice Falk Haydu, a former WASP 44-7, contains original photographs, photocopies of photographs, class rosters, graduation data, copies of certification, a WASP songbook, an original Miss Fifinella color sketch by Walt Disney, and other related material. The photographs are all captioned with information from Mrs. Cliff Deaton, Chief Staff Executive Officer of the WASPs at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas. The material has been grouped in a binder under the following subheadings: Avenger Field; Life on Base; Wishing Well: Flight Training School; Physical Education and Marching; Graduations; VIPs; and a Miscellaneous file.
Scope and Contents:
This collection compiled by Bernice Falk Haydu, a former WASP 44-7, contains original photographs, photocopies of photographs, class rosters, graduation data, copies of certification, a WASP songbook, an original Miss Fifinella color sketch by Walt Disney, and other related material. The photographs are all captioned with information from Mrs. Cliff Deaton, Chief Staff Executive Officer of the WASPs at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, TX. The material has been grouped in a binder under the following subheadings: Avenger Field; Life on Base; Wishing Well: Flight Training School; Physical Education and Marching; Graduations; VIPs; and a Miscellaneous file.

Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
The WASPs Binder: Pictures of Life and Training of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots Collection is arranged in its original order.
Biographical / Historical:
The WASPs (Women's Airforce Service Pilots) learned to fly US Army Air Corps aircraft during WWII. Jacqueline Cochran was director of the 1074 women who earned wings and flew 60 million miles for the US Army Air Corps between November 17, 1942 and December 7, 1944. From light aircraft, the WASPs advanced quickly to fly every air corps aircraft in use at the time. With the exception of aerial gunnery and formation flying, these women received the same training as the male pilots. WASPs ferried planes, towed targets, flew tracking, simulated bombing missions, performed radio control, flight tested aircraft, gave instrument instruction and performed many other duties. Their work allowed more men to participate in aviation combat roles.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Bernice Falk Haydu, Gift, 1989, 1989-0123, NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Women and the military  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Miss Fifinella (Fictitious character)  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Songbooks
Photographs
Citation:
WASPs Binder: Pictures of Life and Training of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, Acc. NASM.1989.0123####, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1989.0123
See more items in:
WASPs Binder: Pictures of Life and Training of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1989-0123
Online Media:

Janice Christensen Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) Collection

Creator:
Christensen, Janice  Search this
Names:
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
0.48 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1943-1959
Summary:
This collection consists of material chronicling Janice Christensen's Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) service.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the following items chronicling Janice Christensen's Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) service: three 8mm films; March 1948 issue of The WASP Newsletter; 318th A.A.F.F.T.D. WASP Yearbook; WASP article in Life, July 19, 1943; WASP article in Liberty January 29, 1944; June 1945 WASP Roster; RON – Wasp Cartoon Scrapbook by Alice Jean May, 1947; 1955, and 1959 Membership Directories for the Ninety-Nines, Inc.; two copies of the 43-W-5 Graduation Dance invitation; "Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of the Order of Fifinella" along with membership card; "Christensen's Pilots Qualifications Record, 1943-1944;" certificates of pilot and aircraft registrations, 1945 – 1949; Flight Instruction written exam results; photographs; newspaper clippings; correspondence and telegrams to Christensen relating to her WASP application and the US Civil service Commission; four aircraft Christmas cards; and one 11 by 13 inch wood scrapbook containing black and white and color snapshots of Janice Christensen and her WASP Service, including photographs of Christensen, her fellow WASPS, aircraft, and air fields.
Arrangement:
By type of material.
Biographical / Historical:
Janice Christensen  (1913 – 1965) started taking flying lessons at the Waukegan (Illinois) Airport in 1942, where she was also an original member of the Waukegan Civil Air Patrol. By March 1943, Christensen had completed 90 hours of flying time and was selected to join the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). She left for training at Avenger Army Air Field in Sweetwater, Texas, graduating in class 43-W-5 on September 11, 1943. After graduation, Christensen was stationed at Romulus Army Air Field in Michigan until she returned to Avenger Field where she completed an advanced instrument flying course. She was then stationed at Cochran Army Air Field in Macon, Georgia, until the WASP program was disbanded in December 1944. After her WASP service, Christensen worked at the U.S. Airway Traffic Control Station in Chicago, at various weather stations in Ohio, and later worked as a laboratory and tissue technician at various hospitals. Christensen continued to be active in aviation, owning her own airplane, a single engine Taylorcraft, and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. In 1949, she joined the Air Force Reserve with the rank of 1st Lieutenant; she received an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain on November 7, 1963. Christensen died in 1965 but in 1979, under Public Law 95-202, the WASPs received veteran's status.
Provenance:
Dagmar Joyce Noll, Gift, 2019, NASM.2019.0050
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Citation:
Janice Christensen Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) Collection, NASM.2019.0050, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2019.0050
See more items in:
Janice Christensen Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2019-0050
Online Media:

Iris K. Heillman Schupp (WASP) Collection

Creator:
Schupp, Iris K. Heillman, 1917-1996  Search this
Names:
Avenger Field -- Sweetwater, TX  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Schupp, Iris K. Heillman, 1917-1996  Search this
Extent:
0.18 Cubic Feet ((1 box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Records
Identity cards -- 1940-1950
Date:
bulk 1943-1945
Scope and Contents:
This donation documents Iris Heillman Schupp's career as a WASP during World War II. The collection contains the following: thirteen vintage black and white photographs of Schupp during training and service; one color print of a reunion of WASPs at Tyco Airport, 1993; a small black book entitled, "Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas;" Schupp's Airman Identification Card and her Student Individual Flight Records; and her completed Questionnaire on the B-26 Series Airplanes.
Biographical / Historical:
Iris K. Heillman Schupp (1917-1996) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. She was part of the eighth Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) class, which graduated 48 pilots on 17 December 1943. After the war, Schupp was a homemaker, and a member of the Brevard Genealogical Society and East Coast Cruising Association.
Provenance:
Patricia L. Elliot, Gift, 2003
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Records
Identity cards -- 1940-1950
Citation:
Iris K. Heillman Schupp (WASP) Collection, Accession 2003-0042, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2003.0042
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2003-0042

Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) Collection

Creator:
Haydu, Bernice Falk  Search this
Names:
Avenger Field -- Sweetwater, TX  Search this
United States. Army Air Forces  Search this
United States. Army. Air Corps  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Cochran, Jacqueline  Search this
Haydu, Bernice Falk  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic Feet ((1 legal document box))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Rosters
Photographs
Songbooks
Newsletters
Date:
1944-1980
bulk 1944-1949
Scope and Contents:
This accession includes photographs, logos, newsletters, yearbooks, a WASP songbook, membership rosters, and several miscellaneous items.
Biographical / Historical:
The WASPs (Women's Airforce Service Pilots) learned to fly US Army Air Corps aircraft during WWII. Jacqueline Cochran was director of the 1074 women who earned wings and flew 60 million miles for the US Army Air Corps between November 17, 1942 and December 7, 1944. From light aircraft, the WASPs advanced quickly to fly every air corps aircraft in use at the time. With the exception of aerial gunnery and formation flying, these women received the same training as the male pilots. WASPs ferried planes, towed targets, flew tracking, simulated bombing missions, performed radio control, flight tested aircraft, gave instrument instruction and performed many other duties. Their work allowed more men to participate in aviation combat roles.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Bernice Falk Haydu, Gift, 1987, 1987-0077, not NASM
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Miss Fifinella (Fictitious character)  Search this
Women and the military  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Rosters
Photographs
Songbooks
Newsletters
Identifier:
NASM.1987.0077
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1987-0077

WASPs : a retrospective / by Dora Dougherty-Strother-McKeown

Author:
Strother, Dora Jean Dougherty 1921-  Search this
Subject:
Strother, Dora Jean Dougherty 1921-  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Avenger Field (Sweetwater, Tex.)  Search this
Grand Island Army Air Base (Grand Island, Neb.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations, photographs ; 28 cm
Type:
Archives
History
Place:
United States
Camp Davis (N.C.)
Fort Stewart (Ga.)
Camp Edwards (Mass.)
Eglin Air Force Base (Fla.)
Wendover Army Air Field (Utah)
Date:
2007
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Women  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations--History  Search this
Women air pilots--History  Search this
Women in aeronautics--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093551

Women in the wild blue : target-towing WASP at Camp Davis / David A. Stallman

Author:
Stallman, David A  Search this
Subject:
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.) History  Search this
Camp Davis (Holly Ridge, North Carolina) History  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 240 p. : photos. ; 24 cm
Type:
Archives
Place:
United States
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Women air pilots--Archival resources  Search this
Women in aeronautics--Archival resources  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Women  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations--Archival resources  Search this
Call number:
D810.W7 S72 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_806668

And still flying-- : life and times of Elizabeth "Betty" Wall : W.A.S.P.W.W. II / by Patrick Roberts

Author:
Roberts, Patrick 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Wall, Elizabeth Bridget 1919-  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 98 p. : ill ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Women air pilots  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Women  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations  Search this
Call number:
D810.W7 R621 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808346

Flight from fear / Sarah Byrn Rickman

Author:
Rickman, Sarah Byrn  Search this
Subject:
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
241 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Fiction
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
[c2002]
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Women  Search this
Women air pilots  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Call number:
PS3568.I27 F55 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_735198

The originals : the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II / by Sarah Byrn Rickman

Author:
Rickman, Sarah Byrn  Search this
Subject:
United States Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
413 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Women air pilots  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female  Search this
Call number:
D790 .R53 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_671996

How high she flies : Dorothy Swain Lewis, WASP of WWII, horsewoman, artist, teacher / by Ann L. Cooper ; with Dorothy Swain Lewis

Title:
Dorothy Swain Lewis, WASP of WWII, horsewoman, artist, teacher
Author:
Cooper, Ann L (Ann Lewis)  Search this
Lewis, Dorothy Swain  Search this
Subject:
Lewis, Dorothy Swain  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
156 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 x 27 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female  Search this
Women air pilots  Search this
Women in aeronautics  Search this
Women's studies  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women teachers  Search this
Horsemen and horsewomen  Search this
Call number:
TL540.L48 C6 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_598054

To live and die a WASP : 38 women pilots who died in WWII / William M. Miller

Title:
To live and die a W.A.S.P
To live and die a Women Airforce Service Pilots
Author:
Miller, William M. 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Ely, Eugene  Search this
United States Navy Aviation History  Search this
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
United States.Armed Forces
Date:
2016
20th century
Topic:
Air pilots  Search this
Test pilots  Search this
Aeronautics--Competitions--History  Search this
Distinguished Flying Cross (Medal)  Search this
Women air pilots--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Women  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1060661

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