Wingtip to Wingtip Association Float – Rose Parade 2014
Inspired by the 70th anniversary of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the Wingtip to Wingtip Association proudly salutes the 1,102 heroic female pilots that served our nation in its time of great need during World War II. This commemorative floral salute to the WASP is symbolic throughout the design. Stretching across the front of this historic float is a sculptured reproduction of the WASP pilot wings so proudly worn by these brave women. Close by is the life-size bronze model of the WASP Trainee statue originally sculpted by Dorothy “Dot” Swain Lewis, herself a WASP, which looks up at the scaled replica of an AT-6, a plane flown by virtually every WASP during their service. A rotating hexagon, with six magnificently detailed floral-graphs, takes center stage and highlights the historic photographic moments in the history of the WASP. These include decorated photographs (from right to left) of (1) A color replica of the female gremlin Fifinella, the official WASP mascot worn on the pilot’s shoulder patches, originally conceived by Roald Dahl and given to the WASP by Walt Disney in 1942. (2) Nancy Love, Executive Commanding Officer for all WASP ferrying operations. Certified in 16 military aircraft and the first woman to be certified to fly the P-51 Mustang, C-54 and the B-25 Mitchell. Love was the first woman in aviation history to make a flight around the world. (3) Four WASP leve their plane, a B-17 named “Pistol Packin’ Mama. (4) LIFE Magazine cover from July 19, 1943 featuring Pilot Trainee Shirley Slade. (5) Housewife and mother, Pilot Libby Gardner, at the controls of a B-26 Marauder. (6) Jacqueline Cochran, Director of the WASP. In 1938 Cochran became famous for winning the Bendix Transcontinental Race. The first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean and once considered the best female pilot in the United States. Until her time of death (1980) no other pilot, male or female, held more speed, distance or altitude records in aviation history At the side of the float is a reproduction of the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to the WASP in 2010, flanked by 38 stars as a memorial salute to the 38 heroic women that gave their lives to our nation and signifying the ultimate sacrifice these brave WASP gave to America in its time of need. Framing the float are clusters of olive branches, signifying that freedom is not free and the ultimate goal was for peace during turbulent times for our nation.
Construction Height: 16 Feet
Construction Width: 18 Feet
Construction Length: 55 Feet
In commemoration of the 1,102 WASP and their accomplishments are six gigantic floral-graph depicting historic moments in America’s history. Five are crafted in onion seed, poppy seed and crushed sweet rice creating nine color mixes of various shades of gray using just these 3 different materials. The colored floral-graph of the female gremlin Fifinella, the official WASP mascot, has been artistically crafted if fresh floral materials including shades of sinuate statice, individual red ilex berries and yellow strawflower petals The bronze statue of the WASP Trainee has been created with golden clover seed. The Congressional Gold Medal and the WASP pilot wings are crafted in delicately-cut gold and yellow strawflower petals. The AT-6 plane is decorated in silverleaf protea leaves to create the look of stainless steel with accents of red carnations. Gold and yellow strawflower petals, with accents of ironed cornhusk, decorate the olive branches. Crisp white coconut flakes and sweet rice with cream colored ironed cornhusk accents create the sculptured columns. Magnificent floral arrangements cascade with an abundance of elegant red Black Magic, Checkmate and Opium long-stemmed roses, anthuriums, carnations and ilex berries. Roses, America’s national flower, are prominently displayed and showcased in magnificent lush deck gardens of over 15,000 vibrant red Freedom roses running the length of the float.