er Field in Sweetwater, Texas, for the
WASP program, Greene wrote a pair
of articles for Christian publications
about how flying could advance Christian ministry. Three American military
pilots responded by sharing with her
their vision for creating the Christian
Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship.
After word came that the WASP would
disband in December 1944, Greene
moved to California to set up an office
for the fledgling group. It eventually
connected with combat pilots of like vision in the UK, Australia and New Zealand who became Mission Aviation Fellowship. Greene flew MAF’s first flight,
which was in partnership with Wycliffe
Bible Translators in Mexico.
In addition to Peru and Sudan, Greene
piloted MAF aircraft while based in Nigeria and New Guinea.
Hohensee thinks her Aunt Betty probably would have shared the attitude of
the WASP program’s surviving 112 pilots who attended the Gold Medal ceremony. “The women are happy to be
honored, but they weren’t exulting in
the honor,” Hohensee said. ✈
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