Taking Flight

Keeping two WASP — MARTY WYALL (44-10) and NADINE NAGLE (44-9) — busy the last week of April was a pure pleasure.

I was asked to give two WASP talks in the Dayton (Ohio) area. I always invite Nadine, who lives one suburb north of me, to come along, but this time asking Marty to drive down from Indiana to join us seemed most appropriate.


On Wednesday April 25, I spoke to the juniors and seniors at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, north of Dayton. The school sits a half-mile east of Interstate 75, making the trip down an easy one for Marty. Nadine and I had been asking her to come for a visit. Nadine offered her guest room. Marty accepted.

It doesn’t get much better than having two WASP as show and tell for high school students. Nadine and Marty stole the show, answering questions about how they made the sized-for-men Army coveralls — called Zoot Suits by the WASP — fit their smaller frames. Seems I recall a question about dating in the old days as well. And I’m the one employing the term “old days,” not the kids and not the WASP.

Then as an added bonus, that upcoming weekend the North Central Section of the Ninety-Nines (licensed women pilots) was holding its fall meeting in Dayton. I had been invited to be their Saturday luncheon speaker. Marty and I both are members of North Central Section — she with Three Rivers chapter (northern Indiana) and I, All-Ohio. I sought Nadine and Marty’s participation to enrich the program and they agreed. So we did a repeat performance and once again I had my show and tell ready and waiting.

Needless to say, the Ninety-Nines LOVED “the girls.”

Many many thanks to the Upper Valley Career Center and the Ninety-Nines for the invitations to present “So Who Are the WASP Anyway?” at two fantastic venues. And many thanks to Marty and Nadine for taking part!