National WWII WASP Museum to Host Homecoming 2017

SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The National WASP WWII Museum in Sweeetwater announced they will be hosting their annual Homecoming event from Thursday through Saturday, according to a press release.

Beginning Thursday, May 25, the WASP Museum will have a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new Hangar No. 1 to the public. Hangar No. 1 is the first phase in a multi-year expansion program and is modeled after the original Hangar No. 1 on Avenger Field that burned down. Guests will be able to meet architect Dave Zobrist and special guest Jessie Lou McReynolds, a Sweetwater native and female mechanic who served Avenger Field for four years.

Friday, May 26 will feature aircraft flying into Avenger Field, which still serves as Sweetwater's municipal airport.

On Saturday, May 27 Avenger Field will welcome back thirteen living WASP, whose ages range from 95-101. A luncheon will be held with guest speaker Major Heather "Lucky" Penney, a female pilot scrambled into action on 9-11. A memorial service will be held in the evening to honor 38 WASP who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Guests will also hear from Lieutenant Colonel Jade Reidy on how the WASP inspired her.

Opened in 2005 the Natoinal WASP WWII Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of WASP and inspiring future generations. The museum hosts the annual Homecoming to welcome WASP and their families to remember those with whom they served.

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