"WASP SPECIAL DELIVERY" - NEW RELEASE by GIL COHEN
Place: The tarmac of the Lockheed Vega Aircraft Plant in Burbank, California
A group of four women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) are gathered around their flight leader. She is kneeling and pointing a significant rendezvous point on an aerial map, reinforcing the path of the WASP flight plan. Their mission is to ferry five P-38 Lightning fighters to a port of embarkation where the planes will be shipped to bases overseas.
During World War II the WASP organization was largely made up of the Women Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAF). It was formed to free male pilots for combat duty overseas.
Of the 25,000 women who applied - fewer than 1,900 were accepted. In addition to ferrying aircraft from factories, their duties included towing targets for anti aircraft practice, simulated strafing and transporting cargo. During this time they flew nearly every type of military aircraft. In the course of performing their duties 38 women lost their lives.
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor - several defence plants on the U.S. West Coast, including Lockheed, were heavily camouflaged with netting and artificial foliage to resemble bucolic farmland as seen from the air.
Giclee Canvas Edition: $1,200 (Rolled Canvas)
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Artist Signed Open Edition Print: $125
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