The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Septigenarian Spitfire Pilot Returns To The Air

Remember the story about the 102 year old former Harlem dancer who saw just saw herself in 1940's soundies for the first time?  Well, here is another woman, although only a mere 92 years old, who also got to relive some past glory - behind the controls of a Spitfire!  As the BBC reported, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, Ms. Joy Lofthouse, a former Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War II, got to fly a Spitfire again.  The ATA was similar to the American Women Air Service Pilots (WASP) program, in which women pilots ferried military aircraft between factories, maintenance units and front-line combat squadrons.  I can only imagine the reactions she got back then when men asked this pretty young girl what she did for the war effort.  "Oh, I just fly Spitfires."

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