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Posted 12/1/2006 Printable Fact Sheet
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Fifinella, the WASP mascot. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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"Fifinella," a female gremlin, was adopted by the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) as their emblem. "Discovered" early in WWII, gremlins were invisible beings endowed with potent magical powers. According to their victims, these mischievous, imaginary, elf-like creatures were responsible for all kinds of mechanical failures and other problems. At first, gremlins were suspected of being enemy agents, but investigators found that they played their terrible pranks anywhere, anytime, on anyone -- regardless of nationality. (Although gremlins predated Murphy's famous law that whatever can go wrong will, they were obviously motivated by the same principals.)

Note: This information is from the USAF humor display located in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery.

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