B-25 WASP S.O.A.R. Tour Coming to Abbotsford Airshow

December 9, 2019

Unique, interactive display seeks to inspire young women to consider opportunities in aviation and aerospace.

The Erickson Aircraft Collection of Madras, Oregon will bring its unprecedented B-25 WASP SOAR Tour to the 2020 Abbotsford International Airshow in August. The Tour, which features an all- female B-25 Mitchell flight, will honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II in an effort to generate increased interest in aviation and guide young women towards careers in the industry. The B-25 WASP SOAR Tour transforms the iconic bomber aircraft into an interactive, experiential learning opportunity for youth to enjoy.

The key purpose of the tour is to introduce young women to aviation opportunities rooted in the fundamentals of STEM: aviation mechanics, technology, and navigation exhibits help them realize their own potential by unlocking their imagination and empowering them to follow their dreams. The tour’s mission also implements the key characteristics of the “SOAR” initiative: (S) – Self-respect, (O) – Overcome obstacles, (A) – Act on your passion, (R) – Recognize your inner rockstar.

To inspire young women to explore careers in STEM, the all-female “WASP” crew consists of modern trailblazers in aviation. These aviatrices have direct involvement with the innovative and empowering STEM exhibits, giving young women quality one-on-one mentorship as they consider their education and career paths. Because of the design, young women have a chance to interact with real female pilots, co-pilots, flight engineers, and support crew who, like the WASP of World War II, prove that even the biggest dreams can be achieved when you SOAR.