WASP... pretty funny name for a pink color, huh? Maybe not. Our pretty blush pink is named after the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
During WW2 1074 brave American women were trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots.
During its period of operation, each WASP member's service had freed a male pilot for military combat or other duties. They flew over 60 million miles; transported every type of military aircraft; towed targets for live anti-aircraft gun practice; simulated strafing missions and transported cargo.
When a ferrying mission came in, the WASP would go to the factory, fly the plane in a test flight and then deliver the plane. Between September 1942 and December 1944, the WASP delivered 12,652 aircraft of 78 different types.
Thirty-eight WASP members lost their lives and one disappeared while on a ferry mission. In 1977, for their World War II service, the members were granted veteran status and in 2009 awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their bravery.
Frances Green, Margaret (Peg) Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn leaving their plane, "Pistol Packin' Mama".