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CAF Airbase Georgia Joins Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Commemoration

PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Nov. 30, 2021) – Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia is joining with The Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University and Redwood Educational Technologies to offer several digital opportunities for students, teachers and the public to remember the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack this December. CAF Airbase Georgia is contributing a video segment that will introduce students to the World War II flying museum’s replica Japanese Kate torpedo bomber and restored US Navy Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber.

Students, teachers, and the public are invited to participate in Women Pilots as WAFS/WASP: Courage in the Clouds and Beyond, a live, 60-minute panel discussion at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The program features the life of Cornelia Fort (1919-1943) and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Cornelia was a civilian flight instructor who was flying in the skies over Pearl Harbor as the attack began on Dec. 7, 1941 and was likely one of the first to realize Pearl Harbor was under attack. She later would become a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS). In 1943, the WAFS became part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

The panelists are:

  • Introduction by Chloe Fort, Cornelia Fort’s niece
  • Lisa Taylor, President and CEO of the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas
  • Alexis Stallings, Registrar/Collections Manager at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Sarah Byrn Rickman, award-winning author and WASP historian

Judith Stanford Miller, founder and editor of Redwood Educational Technologies, will moderate the panel. Students and teachers can access the free digital resources and register for the panel discussion through the Museum of History and Holocaust Education’s website at:

https://historymuseum.kennesaw.edu/education/digital-education/SpecialEventRegistration.php

“Female pilots in the 1930s broke through the clouds to reach the stars,” Miller said. “Little did they know they would be called upon to provide vitally important service during World War II. As authors, journalists, and curators continue to bring their amazing stories to life in the 21st century, it’s our duty to honor this history by passing it down to the next generation.”

“We are privileged to include a taped segment featuring actual aircraft that are housed in our museum hangar,” said CAF Airbase Georgia leader Jim Buckley. “Our mission in restoring and operating historic aircraft is to educate and honor the men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ and inspire future pilots, aviation mechanics and citizens.”

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