My Mother Had Wings

The daughter of a WASP tells her mother’s tale.

(Courtesy Melissa Jordan)


(Courtesy Melissa Jordan)

“My mother died in 2001,” writes Jordan. “We wanted to have her ashes scattered from one of the last B-25s still flying, but the events of 9/11 stymied that plan. My brother took her ashes out west, to scatter in her beloved Oregon and Nevada, and we donated Mom’s WASP wings—the most tangible and significant symbol of her aviation past—to the Oregon Aviation Historical Society. It just seemed right that those hard-won symbols of her courageous spirit were going home to the place where she had first discovered her love of flight.”

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