Austin WASP to be Honored

By: ralphbarrera

Jun 20 2009

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Category: Photojournalism

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Aperture:f/4
Focal Length:31mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/125 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Austinite Susie Bain was one of 1102 women who became United States Air Force service pilots during World War II. They flew non-combat missions and logged some 60 million miles. The remaining women alive hope to be awarded with a Congressional Gold Medal if a bill authored by U.S. Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison passes. Bain cherishes a photograph taken of her in 1943 in her flight jacket. These kind of assignments are so challenging in that you have to combine two separate lives into one photograph, often using whatever nostalgic items the subject has to make that connection. Sometimes it takes a while, digging more information out of the subject, and exhibiting patience in hopes something works out. Ms. Bain’s daughter asked if I would like to see more photographs from the other room and I said sure. I was pleasantly surprised she brought out two original color photographs of her in uniform and flight jacket. They were small but prefect to illustrate her life and story. 

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman

See complete story and other photos June 22 in the newspaper

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