Tarrant County College (TCC) is recognizing six members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) on Friday, May 22, 2015. The college has invited elected, community, and industry leaders from the Fort Worth, Texas area to be in attendance when the veterans tour a Beechcraft E183-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochrane, founder and director of the WASP program. Curt Landrum, TCC retired associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, has led a team of volunteers to restore the aircraft. Restoration efforts began in 2012, with as many as 12 volunteers working most Saturdays and securing donated parts and materials whenever possible.
WASP Nell Bright, Shutsy Reynolds, Shirley Kruse, Bee Haydu, Kay Hilbrandt, and Marty Wyall will tour the aircraft from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport. Visit https://vimeo.com/126280259 to view a short video with additional information on TCC's Aviation Program in conjunction with the restoration of Jackie Cochran's plane and the historical significance of the WASP.