Most of you know by now the meaning of my handle, "WASP-kid". "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant" may be appropriate to my heritage, but what we are really talking about is my mom, the "Women Airforce Service Pilot". She was an amazing woman who lived in an amazing time. She racked up time in T-6s, B-25s AT-11s and every other WWII aircraft flying in American service in the nineteen-forties.
If you've been following the story of the WASP, then you know they were recently awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. What you don't know, is that the most amazing woman you never met was actually the driving force behind this huge honor. Nicole "FiFi" Malachowski was the first female "Thunderbird" pilot, even though she was really an F-15 pilot. I was lucky enough to see her fly when she toured with the USAF demonstration squadron and have met her in more intimate settings since those days. Nicole Malachowski is truly an amazing person.
When Nicole was approached by Nancy Parrish, daughter of Deanie Bishop-Parrish, she couldn't possibly refuse. As a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a White House Fellow, Nicole made it a personal mission to see that the WASP were finally recognized for their service.
Well folks, now the amazing Nicole needs our support.