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."