WASP Museum Expands in Sweetwater

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – A celebration that is long over due.

“Sweetwater didn’t want to accept the wasps. They were some of the most wonderful women I ever knew,” said WWII mechanic Jessie Monroe McReynolds.

Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASPs, came to Avenger Field in Sweetwater during World War Two.

“They were from New York to California and their ways wasn’t like our ways and it took a little getting used to them,” said McReynolds.

Women serving the country and flying planes was an idea that shocked many in the 1940’s.

“The men were gone and so it was the women, there was lots of things they had to do that they weren’t accustomed to doing,” said McReynolds.

Jessie Monroe McReynolds was a plane mechanic during the war.

“The boys were all gone during the war and they needed workers and I grew up on the farm and needless to say was a tomboy and I volunteered,” said McReynolds.

And Thursday she got the honor of cutting the ribbon to mark the wasp museum’s expansion.

“Hanger number one is phase one of a multi year expansion project to more than double the foot pint of the museum,” said museum executive director Ann Hobing.

And for the family of these extraordinary women, it’s a long awaited  and well-deserved project.

“It is very honoring. I am very happy that her story is being told,” said Anna Haub, McReynolds’s daughter.
 

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