Friday, September 25, 2020

WASP Presentation Celebrates Women’s History


Women’s History Month was celebrated recently at the Collier County South Regional Library with a presentation on Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by John Marsh and WASP Bee Haydu.

At the height of World War II, between 1942 and 1944, 1,830 women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime — to become the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military. They volunteered in an experimental Army Air Corp program to see if women could serve as pilots, to relieve men for combat duty. These women became the Women Airforce Service Pilots, better known as the WASP. 

98-year-old WASP, Bee Haydu gave an informative, and at times funny, presentation at the library. 

One of the attendees, Sandy Vargo, has written a screenplay about the WASP. Sandy, who lives in Pennsylvania, flew to Florida to meet Bee and attend her talk at the library.

Those in attendance were thrilled to meet Bee Haydu and hear her stories of how she and others exceeded beyond all expectations!

Bee plans to return to Naples next year to speak again at the library.

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