2021 Marks the 20th Year of Warbirds in Review: Cessna UC-78 “Bamboo Bomber” and Boeing PT-17 Stearman
Owners: National Wasp WWII Museum and Mike Porter
Speakers: Lisa Taylor and John Marsh from the National WASP WWII Museum
In 1942, as the country reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. Experienced civilian women pilots were recruited to fly the aircraft in non-combat roles. They formed the country’s first female squadron in late summer 1942. 25,000 women applied. 1,074 were accepted. All of them had prior flying experience and pilot’s licences. WASPs flew over 60 million air miles in every type of military aircraft. Our country is in their debt and today we honor these great patriot aviators.
The beautifully restored UC-78 will be featured during this tribute to the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Michael Porter’s restored Stearman also helps tell the women’s story. Mike spent several years acquiring parts for what is one of the most authentic restorations ever done. It is always an honor to share with our audience the notable contributions to America’s role in World War II and to the future of military aviation these women made.