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Snapp was born in Washington D.C. She lived there for about two years and then moved to Colorado. She eventually moved back to Washington five years later. She loves Colorado however in her old age she has retired to Florida for the warm weather. Her first memory of an airplane was in Colorado. She remembers as a kid that everyone would run outside and look at one if they heard it go by.Her father worked for the government during the Great Depression. She remembers a sense of people being desperate during that time however she does not have one specific memory that she can point to. A big moment in her life that inspired her to fly occurred when she moved back to Washington D.C. when she was eight years old. Charles Lindbergh had a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. It was only two blocks from her house. Snapp walked the two blocks, sat down on the curb, and watched Lindbergh pass by. Snapp recalls reading articles about Amelia Earhart. On a summer vacation in her college years at Mary Washington she was home in Washington D.C. Snapp and her sister saw an ad for flying lessons in the paper. It seemed fairly reasonable. They went out to the airport, unbeknownst to her family, and took a flying lesson. They were immediately hooked and whenever they could save up the money that summer they would return and get more flight lessons.The first plane she flew was a Piper Cub. Snapp got an offer to work for the government while she was in college. She realized she could go to school at night, save the money from the job, and take more flying lessons. Around that time the Civilian Pilot Program kicked into gear. There was about one woman for every twenty five males. First they had to take ground school. One of the men who ran the school near D.C. was a professor at George Washington University and had a problem with giving a woman a spot to fly. Snapp and her sister appealed but did not get anywhere. Eventually they got into the program and they started with ground school. Snapp and her sister got their private licenses.Cochran and Nancy Love [Annotator’s Note: Jacqueline Cochran and  Nancy Harkness Love,  directors of the WASPs] eventually appealed to President Roosevelt. The WASP [Annotator’s Note: Women’s Airforce Service Program] program was started. They would train right next to the Air Force pilots. Snapp was eventually allowed into the WASP program. The age limit was 21-35 and it required a pilot’s license and roughly 35-40 flight hours logged. Next thing Snapp knew she was in Sweetwater, Texas training with the rest of the women. Snapp had not been away from home before so the prospect of traveling to Sweetwater seemed daunting. 


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