It was Ladies Day at Duxford, when the women showed off some of their achievements in Technological Development, and 'Daring' Aerial Aptitude. All the women pilots flew their aircraft in an exciting and skilled display, against a very strong and gusty wind. Some of the parked aircraft would have taken to the air if they had not been anchored down. The Daring Wingwalkers, Danielle Hughes, team nickname Bird, and Sarah Tanner, team nickname Sahara displayed their courage and agility as team Breitling AeroSuperBatics, with their pilots flying the Boeing Stearman. As well as the excellent flying display there was the static aircraft, one being the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally 'B' which unfortunately could not fly due to an insurance problem. The hangers and the Museums had something to interest everyone and they can take a whole day or more to go round. The list of the women pilots and their aircraft are as follows:
Anna Walker with the Supermarine Seafire, Diana Britten with her aerobatic CAP 232, the very popular Carolyn Grace with her superb Spitfire, Polly Vacher with the colourful Piper Dakota, Helen Holiday flying the Vans RV6, Tracy Curtis-Taylor in the Ryan PT22, Clare Tector and her Chilton, Tizi Hodson displaying the Firefly, Mel Saggersand thePrentice, Anna Walker with the smart Jungmann, and Flight Lieutenant Juliette Fleming who is kneeling in the middle of the image who ended the flying display with her fine flying in the RAF Hawk.
Thanks goes to Esther Blaine, Public Relations Manager at the Imperial War Museum Duxford for inviting me to the Media Centre, and the hospitality shown to me and all the photographers and media by herself and the stewards.