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Filing Cabinet - Pearl Harbor

General Hap Arnold and the WASP

Perhaps the most meaningful remarks to the last graduating WASP class were those from General Henry H. “Hap” Arnold, Commanding General of the United States Air Force, who became a believer in the abilities of women pilots:
“You and more than 900 of your sisters have shown that you can fly wingtip to wingtip with your bothers. If ever there was any doubt in anyone's mind that women can become skillful pilots, the WASP have dispelled that doubt. I want to stress how valuable I believe the whole WASP program has been for the country. . .We . . .know that you can handle our latest fighters, our heaviest bombers; we. . . know that you are capable of ferrying, target towing, flying training, test flying, and the countless other activities which you have proved you can do. So, on this last graduation day, I salute you and all WASP. We of the Army Air Force are proud of you, we will never forget our debt to you.”
On May 21, 1945, he presented the Distinguished Service Award to Jacqueline Cochran for her services to the country in directing the WASP.

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