BETTY STAGG TURNER
Class of 44-9
WOMEN'S AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS
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that Ms. Turner flew during her time as a WASP
This a merely a fraction of the WASP related artifacts we are compiling.
It shows a few small glimpses of one of the most unique group of volunteers in military
history. For a better look at the WASPs; over 600 personal stories, many in their
own words, please contact us at Butler County Warbirds for a copy of
Betty's book: "OUT OF THE BLUE AND INTO HISTORY"
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|AVENGER FIELD in color. This shot shows part of the field and a hangar.|
|Betty in her "GENERALS".
A simple set of slacks and a
white blouse, worn while
|The Wishing Well at AVENGER
FIELD, TX L to R: Johnson, Gimbel, Glezen, Downey, Casey Johnson
|Barracks area for the female cadets. Avenger field became an "OFF LIMITS" area to male personnel due to the many ENGINE TROUBLE landings by male cadets seeking female company. This led to the fields nickname: COCHRAN'S CONVENT.|
|Betty (on right) at AVENGER
FIELD during training.
|Betty and four of her friends in training: F to B: ESTER STAHR CUDDINGTON, BETTY STAGG TURNER, MARY WOODWARD, FRANCES STROUD|
|Posing in her new HIGH
ALTITUDE FLYING SUIT
|In the famous ZOOT SUIT
Flying coveralls. Actually a
regular issue set of coveralls,
they were cut for male personnel.
Rolled up at the sleeves and legs,
and the belt pulled tight to prevent it getting tangled in the seat belt of the plane. It gave the appearance of the men's suit of the same name. Plane is a PT-17 STEARMAN.
|Betty and a PT-17 Stearman. See the OUR AIRCRAFT section of this website for details.|
|Holding down a PT-17 during a dust storm in Texas.|
|Betty's Primary instructor and some other cadets: L to R: Penny Pierce, Marjorie Osborne, Mr. Robinson, and Betty in front of a PT-17.|
|The "CATTLE WAGON" A converted bus for transporting the cadets to and from the training field.|
|Taking a break on a cross country training flight.|
|In the front of an AT-6|
|Betty with her advanced training
instructor. Aircraft is an AT-6.
|Betty on the wing of an AT-6
This is the photo that is used
for the painting that appears on
the cover of her book.
|Color portrait of Betty after graduation.|
|In her SAN DIEGO BLUE
dress uniform. It's interesting to
note that WASPs were not
issued uniforms for free. They
purchased them from their pay.
|Dress uniform portrait, after
|Betty at home after the WASPs were disbanded. Unceremoniously told that they were no longer needed, the remaining ladies were sent home without VETERAN'S STATUS or benefits. All were forced to pay their own way home. Many found work in other aviation related fields. Betty was soon employed as an aircraft dispatcher.|
|We regret to say that Betty passed away in December of
She will be sorely missed by all of us at BCW, as well as the airshow community.
This photo was taken at Blue Ash (OH) Airport Days. Thanks to Mr. Jim Brown of Hartzell Propellers for allowing us the opportunity to recreate the photo you see above. (Book Cover Photo)
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