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Quotes  about  Wings  Across  America

 

 

Congressman Chet Edwards, Congressional Record, 2009:

 "Wings Across America, founded by  Nancy Parrish, located at Baylor University, has played a key role in the creation and implementation of the bill we have before us today. Along with interviewing over 100 WASP, creating the website, ‘‘WASP on the Web,’’ founding the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas in 2003 and creating all the exhibits for the opening of the museum in 2005, successfully nominating the WASP for the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, and designing and creating the ‘‘Fly Girls of WWII’’ WASP exhibit...  these 2 volunteers have worked tirelessly to educate and inspire America with the history of the WASP."

 

Public Law 111-40: To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots

Section 1: Paragraph 32:  "...as part of their desire to educate America on the WASP history, WASP have assisted ‘Wings Across America’, an organization dedicated to educating the American public, with much effort aimed at children, about the remarkable accomplishments of these WWII veterans."

 

Eileen M. Collins, LTC, USAF NASA Astronaut:

"Thank you so much for your truly remarkable efforts in documenting the history of the Women Air Force Service Pilots. You are breaking new ground in this educational effort that will inspire and captivate generations to come. The WASP were and still are my role models."

 

Barry Goldwater June 19, 1996:

"One of the proudest things I've ever done in my whole life was to be associated with the WASP as you were flying in World War II. I have a great respect for the WASP, a great respect for their ability and for all of the girls I knew. To sit and think of this country not preserving the history of the WASP during World War II is unbelievable."

 

Ellie Caston, PhD  Director, Mayborn Museum Complex  Baylor University:

"I applaud and endorse all efforts that will enable the Wings Across America organization to preserve the history and tell the inspiring story of these amazing heroines of World War II."

 

Herbert H. Reynolds, President Emeritus,  Baylor University:

"To be able to tell the story of a unique group of women who served so unselfishly more than 50 years ago should inspire the American people — who need to receive a heartwarming story of service and dedication at a time when these virtues are not always in ready supply in our society. Furthermore, Wings Across America can be one of the greatest public relations endeavors ever embraced by some astute and discerning corporate executive."

 

Gregory J. Anderson, President, Wings Over the Rockies:

"As the father of three daughters, I find your exhibit and dedication to our WASP heritage compelling across generations.  Keep up the wonderful work you are doing."

 

A few WASP responses:

 "I was proud to have been a WASP, and I am glad Wings Across America will preserve our history." "If I remain as one of the 600 WASP, I'm honored and touched that someone cares." "I am so thrilled with the prospect of future generations having access to WASP history on the Internet!" "I think it's good for us to tell our own story , before someone rewrites it for us." "I think `Wings Across America' sounds wonderful. Hope I will be able to see it myself someday." "The WASP stories are like crops in the field needing to be harvested...before it is too late."

 

Chuck Yeager, BRIG. GEN., USAF, Ret.

"I have the utmost respect for all members of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots. They were hard working, dedicated pilots who served our country well, playing an important part during the war. `Wings Across America' will be invaluable in preserving the WASP history and teaching the current and future generations of their proud history."

 

Former US Attorney General Janet Reno

"I want to commend Wings Across America on their exemplary work in portraying a retrospective account of the most important contribution to women's rights in the military since Austin Power, International Man of Mystery. Your contributions have shed light on what was once a dark and forbidden cave in our national defense. This is truly one of the best pages I have ever read. Keep up the good work."

 

On The Road with Wings Across America

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Since 2000, we were privileged to interview WASP  in 19 states, most in their own homes.  A few interviews were conducted in PBS studios, three in hotel conference rooms,  a chamber of commerce office, two aviation museums, four in the Baylor studio and six in our Wings Across America offices.

 

 

Nancy Parrish, Executive Director & Site Creator

254-307-2717  |   fax  866-275-4064

Wings Across America  |  1620 South Ninth Street  Waco, Texas 76710

email: nancy@wingsacrossamerica.org

Wings Across America is a non profit, 501 c3  project at Baylor University