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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

W.A.S.P. in Washington

Bernice “Bee” Faulk Haydu (Air Race Classic #26) received a call from Washington yesterday on her flight home from the 2009 Air Race Classic. When they landed in Macon, Georgia, to refuel the call of a lifetime came in. Bee was asked if she could be in the Oval Office at the White House at 4:30 P.M. on July 1st to witness President Obama signing into law the Bill for the WASPS to receive the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for their unselfish service in World War II. This has been a long, hard fight for the WASP. They have been working on this bill for the past 30 years. It passed the House and Senate just weeks ago and was in the Finance Committee.

The team dropped co-pilot, Susan King, off in Keystone Heights, Florida, and headed to Jacksonville, Florida, to do laundry, press Bee’s Dress Uniform and repack her for Washington. She caught a flight this morning (July 1st) and 11:25 A.M. and is one her way to finalize the dream of all WASPS.

Wings of Dreams Race team (Air Classic #26) had one mission in this 2009 Air Race. It was to bring awareness to the WASPS and their contribution to our country. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!!!!!!!

Pictured: Terry with Bee Haydu at the conclusion of the 2009 Air Race Classic

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"Wild Bill":  We are very saddened to hear the news of the loss of our friend, Bill Walker. Bill was killed in his Yak 52 March 26th while performing with his aerobatic team, Red WildBill.JPGWildBill1.JPGThunder, in the Wings Over Flagler Airshow in FL. Click HERE a short clip of an interview with Bill from the 2009 Sparta Airshow. Bill took me for a ride in his Yak 52 on March 12 - just 2 weeks ago, after we finished painting the compass rose at SRB. Note the smiles on our faces - this photo was shot after our photo mission getting aerial shots of the new compass rose from the Yak.