Des Moines, Iowa
S^fREEVES IS A TRAINER FOR TflE WASPS
Sgt. Aryfn A. Reevis, 26, son of Mrs. A". N-jLaronjey, of 1410 Guthrie avenne, pes Moines, Iowa, has reported to Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Tex., where he will serve as a link instrument trainer instructor for the WASPS, it was announced today by Lieut. Col. Roy P. Ward, commanding officer.
Sergeant Reeves enlisted in the air forces in February, 1941. He has served at Randolph Field, Tex.; Enid, Okla.; AAF, Coffey-villc, Kan.; AAF and Arledge Field, Stamford, Tex. He is a graduate of East High school, Des Moines.
Avenger Field, in the west Texas cattle country, is the AAF training command's only flying school for women's airforce service pilots (WASPS), who ferry planes from factory to field and perform other non-combat pilot duties under the direction of Miss Jasqueline Cochran. The former sky speed queen has offices in AAF headquarters in Washington, while Mrs. Cliff Deatoii, a former Red Cross official, is chief establishment officer or "commandant of trainees" at this flying school which is supervised by army air forces officers.
Prospective WASPS must have 35 hours of certified flying time, pass the rigid "64" (aviation cadet) physical examination, be 18H to 35 years old, stand 62^ inches tall and possess a high school education or equivalent to be eligible for WASP training.
After three 10-wcek phases of flying army primary, basic and advanced trainers with emphasis on instrument and cross country piloting, together with thorough military drill, athletic and ground school courses, WASP trainees in their natty Santiago blue uniforms arc handed their lozenge-studded silver wings to denote women fliers and arc ready for active duty.
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