Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

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46 AviationforWomen J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 T his ad for Elgin watches ran in a 1943 is- sue of Air Trails Pictorial magazine and features future WASP Marcia Courtney (43-W-3). At the time, Marcia was part of the Civil Air Patrol, working for Piper Aircraft fer- rying Cubs for military use. Later, as a WASP, she flew missions in the AT-6, A-24, A-25, and B-34. According to Marcia's daughter Elissa Strati, "I have no clue how she was selected for this ad other than she was young, cute, and perky in her CAP uniform—and doing war work." An- other interesting bit from Elissa: "My mother had a pet cocker spaniel named Hap in honor of Commanding Gen. Hap Arnold, whose efforts got the WASP program off the ground. Hap, the dog, would fly with her whenever he could." Marcia's family still has the watch she was giv- en for appearing in the ad. She was laid to rest in 2009 in t he Sout her n A rizona Vetera ns' Memorial Cemetery. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . With a nod to the past, Aviation for Women in- troduces "The Way We Were." Do you have some- thing to contribute? If so, send a high-resolution scan and a brief description to Kelly Murphy, edi- tor-in-chief, at kmurphy@wai.org. E L G I N W A T C H A D 1 9 4 3 "I have no clue how she was selected for this ad other than she was young, cute, and perky in her CAP uniform— and doing war work." She Ferries Planes for the U.S. Army! T H E W A Y W E W E R E

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