WASP: A WARTIME EXPERIMENT IN (WO)MANPOWER
WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS
A Documentary Film by Jon Timothy Anderson
The WASP, or Women Airforce Service pilots, were a small group of adventurous women who flew American military airplanes in World War II so that male pilots could be free to fly combat overseas. Under the command of renowned 1930’s aviatrix Jackie Cochran, these women flew the Air Force’s largest bombers and top secret jet fighters. However, when they began doing a “man’s job” a bit too well a political battle ensued. Victims of their own success, Jackie Cochran and her “Women’s Air Force” became forgotten pioneers of gender equality. With the voices of over 30 original members of the WASP, relive an exciting time for the flying ladies of the “greatest generation.”
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 89 MINUTES | 2017
“In production for nearly 13 years, this film was co-produced by the Film and Digital Media Programs of Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. The film’s reenactments were shot with actual WWII airplanes including a B-29 Superfortress Bomber, P-51 Mustang Fighter, AT-6 Texan Trainer, BT-13 Valiant Trainer, and Steerman Kaydet Trainer, all in the Central Florida area.
The film was cut from 80 hours of raw footage. Texas Woman’s University of Denton,Texas loaned the production actual WASP uniforms and flight gear for the production. The film features many publicly unseen snapshots and home movies from the original WASP personal collections.”