Please visit the Museum between January 31 – May 15 to see our special exhibit on the life and legacy of Eleanor “Mickey” McLernon Brown. A strong proponent of WASP militarization, Mickey wrote strongly-worded letters to President Jimmy Carter and Senator Alan Cranston demanding militarization of the WASP. These letters along with original media footage of her life, personal mementos, and her uniform are on display.
Brown fell in love with flying after her first flight at Stinson Field with her brother-in law and thereafter spent most of her salary on flying lessons.
Following Pearl Harbor, she applied for a Civil Service secretarial position at the Aircraft Repair Depot Duncan Field, San Antonio. One day she was asked to work on the line in flight test as a general mechanics helper. She took it and loved it.
When Brown heard women were being trained as WASP, she made inquiry and applied for admission in 1942. Two years later, she received orders to report to Avenger Field on April 8, 1944. She received her WASP wings on November 6, 1944 and was assigned to Napier Field., Dothan, Alabama.
The National WASP WWII Museum
210 Avenger Field Road
Sweetwater, TX 79556