March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
The Congressional Gold medal is awarded to an individual or group who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States. The Senate and the House of Representatives recognized and awarded the WASPs this medal for their service, record, and "revolutionary reform in the Armed Force" during World War II.
This medal was presented to the WASPs on March 10, 2010 and specifically designated to come to the collection of the Smithsonian in Public Law 111-40 on July 1, 2009.
Transferred from the Congress of the United States of America
The Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to the Womens Airforce Service Pilots. Obverse: bust of a female wearing a flying helmet and goggles right center, three female pilot figures doning one piece flight suits and carrying parachute bags on lower left, North American AT-6 aircraft flying over the female pilots, raised letter text "WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS, 1942-1944" on outer edge of medal; Reverse: North American AT-6 Trainer, North American P-51 Mustang, and Martin B-26 depicted flying in formation; WASP winged diamond pilot badge depicted in the bottom center; raised letter text "THE FIRST WOMEN IN HISTORY TO FLY AMERICAN MILITARY AIRCRAFT, ACT OF CONGRESS 2009".