Storyteller Rebecca Hom will present “Sand, Snakes and Silver Wings: Women Pilots of World War II” at two local Timberland libraries on Saturday.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots were a civilian force of 1,100 female pilots who served during World War II and paved the way for the inclusion of female pilots in the U.S. military. Hom will share stories about the WASPs at 11 a.m. in Aberdeen and 2 p.m. in Westport.
The highly qualified civilian pilots who trained at a base in Sweetwater, Texas, were selected from more than 25,000 applicants from all over the United States. Those chosen became the first women to earn their Silver Wings and fly military aircraft. The WASPs flew over 60 million miles in pursuit, cargo and bomber planes during the brief two years of the program.
The program is free and open to the public. The Westport Timberland Library is located at 101 E. Harms Drive (360-268-0521). The Aberdeen Timberland Library is located at 121 E. Market St. (360-533-2360).