VIDEOS: Women in Aviation – The ATA girl and the display pilot

Women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) recently took part in a seminar about Women and their role in aviation during the Second World War and shared their stories of flying Spitfires and other aircraft.

These women were not allowed to take part in combat, but were granted aircraft ferrying duties. They ferried new and refitted aircraft to RAF bases ready for fighter pilots to fly them on to continue the war against German attacks during the Battle of Britain.

Flightglobal caught up with ATA Spitfire first officer Molly Rose at the Royal Aeronautical Society in central London where she talked about how her early interest in flying led her to become one of the women Spitfire pilots who did so much to protect and defend the airports and other military services during the Second World War.

Now meet Carolyn Grace in the video below, who flies the Grace Spitfire, registered ML407, at air shows and other events.

In this video Carolyn discusses what it’s like to display the Spitfire, how it handles. She says: “The Spitfire will not tolerate hamfisted flying.”

 

2 Responses to VIDEOS: Women in Aviation – The ATA girl and the display pilot

  1. Nicolas Cousineau 1 July, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    “Choreographing the (aircraft’s) display to the music” !!!

    I would love to see that!

  2. Spectrum Coconut Oil 22 August, 2013 at 5:08 am #

    Great post. I will be experiencing many of these issues as well..

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