National WASP WWII Museum
Avenger Field Sweetwater, Texas


Homecoming 2018
The all women pilot transcontinental race started from Avenger Field to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – The National WASP WWII Museum hosted the Start of the 42nd Air Race Classic, an all women pilot transcontinental race. Tuesday, June 19, 53 airplanes launched full throttle down the runway at historic Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, where the Women Airforce Service Pilots trained for military service during World War II. The Museum was selected to honor the 75th Anniversary of the WASP at Avenger Field, the only all women military base in U.S. history. From there, the racers embarked on a course that will take them 2,656 miles to Fryeburg, Maine, in just four days. WASP have flown the Air Race Classic in previous years and WASP Nell Bright, 44-W-4 was the Honorary Starter and waved the Start Flag with her WASP scarf tied tightly.

Homecoming 2018
Five Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II return to Avenger Field for the 75th WASP Anniversary.

AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – National WASP WWII Museum celebrated Homecoming 2018, themed “We Remember”, over Memorial Day weekend. Five Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were welcomed back to the place they trained to serve our country during World War II. Accompanied by military escorts carefully selected from a competitive application process, the WASP returned to The Wishing Well, where they gathered for a reunion photo.

The 8th Annual Fifinella 5K Run for the WASP

The 8th Annual Run for the WASP 5K Run/Fun Walk was held

Saturday, November 11, 2017,
at the National WASP WWII Museum at Avenger Field
in Sweetwater, Texas.

The event was honoring the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII and all our Veterans for their dedication, sacrifice, and service to our Country. U.S. flags outlined the course, a WWII airplane flyover kicked off the race, accompanied by our National Anthem.


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AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – The National WASP WWII Museum celebrated Veterans Day with the 8th Annual Fifinella 5K Run for the WASP. The race stretched from the Museum’s Memorial Plaza, along the historic Bankhead Highway, through the Texas State Technical College West Texas campus, past the restored WASP wishing well and finished back at the Museum. With more than twice as many registrations as last year, this year’s run drew racers from as far away as Ohio.

Gift of Wings
AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – The National WASP WWII Museum celebrated The Gift of Wings on Saturday, September 16, 2017, with a fly-in of a restored BT-13 aircraft donated by the American Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) of Blaine, Minnesota.

Ann Hobing, Executive Director of the National WASP WWII Museum, welcomed the crowd in the outdoor plaza to view the Museum’s new BT-13 after watching it fly over Avenger Field. “Today we are immensely grateful to the American Aviation Heritage Foundation for their generosity of time, talent and energy to restore this beautiful warbird and for gifting it in honor of the Women Airforce Service Pilots,” Hobing said. The pilots of the American Aviation Heritage Foundation, Ingemar Holm and Jordan Deters, flew the BT-13 from their hangar in Blaine, Minnesota to Avenger Field, an 1100 mile journey in the vintage warbird. A two day trip, the pilots stopped over near Wichita, Kansas where they were welcomed by a member of the Museum for a meal and tank of gas.

Bill Johnson, Congressman Jodey Arrington and Ann Hobing

Staff Writer for Sweetwater Reporter
Thursday, August 24, 2017,

AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – Congressman Jodey Arrington visited the Sweetwater WASP Museum Wednesday August 23rd. He was “absolutely blown away” by the museum, the history, and the community behind the support of the museum. While in Sweetwater the congressman was also to visit the Roscoe State Bank, RPMH, as well as Ludlum Measurments. This was Congressman Arringtons first visit to the WASP museum and he referred to it as “treasured and hallowed grounds.” He also referred to the parable “don't hide the light under a bushel” when talking about this “hidden treasure of West Texas” that the museum is and the stories and lives that make up the museum. Ann Hobing, the museums Executive Director, gave a tour to Congressman Arrington while at the museum. Arrington vowed to become a voice not only for the ladies that represented the WASPs, but also the museum dedicated to them as well and to spread their story nationally. While discussing the museum and that it is privately owned and funded he was asked if and how the government could help a cause such as this, Arrington replied “Sometimes if you get government monies you get government strings. The way they [they museum] have done this without the government telling them how to set everything up, and what they can and cant do to tell the story we don't have to worry about that. We are free to tell the story how it should be told. I’m grateful for the folks out here, the leadership of the museum, the volunteer board members, they’ve all done an incredible job.“ He also suggested, and called out in a video later to be added to social media, that newly appointed Secretary for the Air Force, Heather Wilson, come visit and experience the WASP museum first hand.

Eleven Women
Eleven Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II return to Avenger Field
AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – National WASP WWII Museum celebrated Homecoming 2017 over Memorial Day weekend, welcoming eleven Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) back to the place they trained to serve our country during World War II.

The WASP (with their class numbers) are:
Roby Anderson 44-W-4
Nell Bright 43-W-7
Edna Davis 43-W-5 (not pictured)
Barbara Heinrich 43-W-4
Mildred “Jane” Doyle 44-W-4
Kay Hilbrandt 44-W-10
Shirley Kruse 44-W-6
Dorothy Lucas 44-W-7
Florence Mascott 44-W-10T
Shutsy Reynolds 44-W-5
Millicent “Millie” Young 44-W-10

Ann Hobing
Hobing brings experience, energy and enthusiasm to the role
AVENGER FIELD, SWEETWATER, TEXAS – National WASP WWII Museum announced its Board of Directors has appointed Ann E. Hobing as Executive Director. She has joined the leadership team of the museum after the departure of Michael Ables. Hobing had previously held the position of senior director of business growth of Cincinnati Museum Center and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center where she served in several roles building the guest services initiatives and earned revenue enterprises.


Sweetwater, TX — The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to the National WASP WWII Museum and its partner, the Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), under its TexTreasures grant program promoting local heritage, culture, and education. This digitization project will include premiere collections such as Jacqueline Cochran, WASP Helen Wyatt Snapp, WASP Eleanor Brown, WASP Suzette VanDaell Douglas, WASP Peggy Ward, Charles A. Prince, WASP Instructor Paul Hill and the recently transferred WASP collection from the Pioneer City County Museum. These collections provide viewers another avenue to search through over 22,000 unique historical WASP documents which will include images, journals, videos, personal letters from G.I.’s at war, and much more. These data will be available in 2017.

This project is just one of 71 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. “The projects funded by these grants are an amazing panorama of innovation, best practice, and forward direction in museum and library services,” says Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian. TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2016 fiscal year, which runs from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.5 million in competitive grants. The TexTreasures Grant will provide assistance and encouragement to six organizations to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to the public across the state, including the WASP Museum’s project, “Flying High in the Texas Sky: Legacy of the WASP”.


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