Deanie Bishop Parrish

WASP WWII   -   Associate Director, Wings Across America


"Failure is not failure unless you let it be. It’s simply a change in direction.

Count your many blessings and  move on!  I believed it then and I still believe it today,
 if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible!"





WASP Deanie Parrish, former B-26 tow target pilot, has served as the Associate Director and Chief Interviewer for Wings Across America since 1998.  Her expertise in the history of the WASP  and her energetic personality have created opportunities for sharing the inspirational WASP history in many different formats and on many different stages.




Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, U.S. Capitol, March 10, 2010

Air Force Association- WASP Lifetime Achievement Award

Air Force Academy

Veteran’s Day, Meacham Field, Dallas, Texas w/ Sen. Hutchison

“Texas in WWII” Unveiling, Texas State Capitol Austin, Texas

Texas State Technical College, Women Teachers’ Conference

“Women of Distinction” keynote, West Texas Girl Scouts

Randolph Air Force Base: Federal Women’s Week

Oshkosh Air Show, Wisconsin

National Joint Conference, ROTC, Denver, Colorado

Arnold Air Society, Texas Christian University

James Connelly Chapter, Daedalians

Civil Air Patrol,  Texas State Technical College

Lackland Air Force Base: Graduates

ROTC, Baylor University

IEEE, Baylor University

EAA,  Ada, Oklahoma

Rotary Club, Altus, Oklahoma

Rotary Club, Lions Club, EAA: Waco, Texas

National Women Engineers’ Conference, Wichita, Kansas




  •   Unsung Heroes, The Story of America’s Female Patriots  
            Produced by Ron Howard, Directed by Frank Martin

            airing on PBS Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2013

  •    USAA/Armed  Forces  Worldwide  feature, Veteran’s  Day,  2010

  •    The Stearman Spirit -­‐-­‐ 2012 release tbd

  •    Defying Gravity – a film by Jill Bond  2013 release tbd

  •    “Recon”  -­‐"For the Love of Flight" -­‐   Pentagon  Channel  Special,  2010

  •     Air Command and Staff College “Gathering of Eagles” 2011

  •     National WWII Museum, New Orleans, “We Did It," 2009




"We Got the Stuff, the Right Stuff"    (A WASP Rap--sharing the history of the WASP in rap)





NPR “Weekend Edition”

Fox News Weekend

NBC Today Show

CNN: Female heroes remembered

Pentagon Channel “Around the Services”

Voice Of America

The Story with Dick Gordon




Garage Magazine Feature

Baylor Magazine Feature

USAA Magazine Backcover Spotlight

Dallas Morning News

Waco Today Magazine

Newspapers across America (Cong. Gold Medal Ceremony)

Daedalian Magazine

Waco Tribune Herald

Military Officer Magazine-Spotlight

Wacoan Magazine

Maxwell AFB Newspaper

Montgomery, Ala.  Newspaper




STARS & STRIPES Special Edition on the WASP.

Fly Girls of WWII Traveling WASP Exhibit text

National WASP Museum permanent exhibits

Online articles and bios of WASP and leadership

“Brief History of the WASP” Video script




Associate Director,  Wings Across America

Co-­‐founder: National WASP WWII Museum

Co-­‐producer, Fly Girls (Extensive WASP Exhibit)

SE Memorial Hospital, Houston, Texas (5000 hours)

Charter Member:  Waco Welcome Corps, Waco, Texas

Waco Historical Association




B-­‐26 Air-­‐to-­‐Air Tow Target Pilot, Tyndall AFB, FL

Engineering Test Pilot, Greenville AFB, MS

Graduate, AAF Women’s Flying Training, Class 44-­‐W-­‐4




Women in Military Aviation

Women in Aviation, International

Air Force Association

United Services Automobile Association





Women In Aviation International Pioneer HALL OF FAME, 2015

Inducted: “EAGLE”, Gathering of Eagles, Maxwell AFB, Ala.  2011

U.S. Congress’ Congressional Gold Medal, 2010, WASP WWII

U.S. Congress' Congressional Gold Medal, 2014 -- CAP, WWII

Inductee: 99s Forest of Friendship

Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, 2005

‘Deanie Parrish Silver Wings Chapter’, Arnold Air Society, Texas Christian University

Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Spirit Of Women” Award

Phi Kappa Phi honorary society

Name engraved on city statue, Avon Park, Florida




Avon Park High School, Valedictorian, 1939

University of Houston:  Summa Cum Laude, 1976

Honorary:  Baylor University: Alumni By Choice, 2001