The Walter "Waddy" Young Chapter of Silver Wings
Silver Wings is a national, co-ed, professional organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable, and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense. The objective of Silver Wings is to build civic awareness, as well as develop individuals professionally and personally. The chapter is based at the University of Oklahoma and is composed of students and cadets from Air Force ROTC Detachment 675.
Capt. Walter R. "Waddy" Young was the first Oklahoman to be named an All-American football player. In 1939, he was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers and played until 1940. After joining the Army Air Corps, Capt. Young was assigned to pilot a B-29 Superfortress. His plane was known as "Waddy's Wagon." In the first B-29 raid on Tokyo, on 9 January 1945, Capt Young and his crew were killed in a plane crash in Tokyo.
The Founding of Silver Wings
The first chapter of Angel Flight(AnF) was founded at the University of Omaha in 1952. Until 1957, Angel Flight was a national idea with many names, uniforms, and activities. However, in April of that year, an important step toward unification was realized at the Eighth Annual Conclave of the Arnold Air Society. At that time, representative from sixteen groups met in New York City to join their purposes under a National Coordination Headquarters. During the 1980s the same campus chapters began to use the name "Silver Wings" to accommodate the diversity in membership. At the 1998 NATCON assembly the name was officially voted on to be "Silver Wings". All chapters chartered following this legislation will be known as Silver Wings and will function as a civilian organization that emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and development of professional skills.