Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu

Every year my local EAA chapter holds an Awards Dinner to recognized various achievements of our members. We usually try to get a person, who is a pilot, to speak at this event. This year our speaker was Bernice “Bee” Haydu – a former World War II WASP pilot. That’s right, World War II – she is 90 and still going strong.

She talked about her experiences being a woman pilot flying all kinds of military airplanes.  Her air adventures are collected in a book she wrote called “Letters Home”.

I liked her story about Paul Tibbets getting two of the WASP pilots to fly a B-29 between various B-29 bomber bases to demonstrate to the men pilots that B-29s are not that hard to fly. Paul Tibbets, in case you don’t know, was the pilot of the B-29 “Enola Gay” – the airplane that dropped the first atomic bomb.

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