Highland Lakes Squadron

Fri
24
Aug

Doyle to be honored at 2018 Airsho

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, the United States Army Air Force experienced a shortage of male pilots and enlisted 1,830 women to begin training to help with the war efforts.

Between 1942 and 1944, 1,074 of those brave women, known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, flew more than 60 million miles, transporting military personnel, aircraft, cargo, targets, and replicating attacks of ground targets by low-flying aircraft.

Though these women were just as impactful during the war as the male pilots, they were not awarded military status until 1977, more than 30 years after the war's end and the honorable deaths of almost 40 of the WASP members. In 2009, former President Barack Obama awarded these ladies the Congressional Gold Medal for their service.

Sat
21
Jul

Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

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