Our Veteran's Day symposium featuring Bee Haydu, a WWII WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot). The WASP program was created in 1942 to free up male pilots so they could fly combat missions. These female pilots broke the glass ceiling for women in aviation, though their battle was long and tough. The WASPs were not considered military until 1977 when they were granted veteran status. Prior to that, a fallen WASP was not granted traditional military honors or allowed to have the U.S. Flag placed on her coffin.
The WASPs were disbanded in 1944; however, Haydu continued flying as a flight instructor. In March of 2010, the WASPs were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. On Veterans Day, Haydu will talk about the WASP program and the significance it had in paving the way for female pilots.
Also part of the symposium, Captain Lyndsey Moynihan, a C-17 Aircraft Commander, will discuss with Mrs. Haydu strides female aviators have taken since WWII. In addition to her reserve duties, Moynihan is currently a First Office for Delta Airlines based in Atlanta, GA.