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#4401117 - 01/20/18 09:29 PM OT - Women flew Spitfires also!  
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Take a look at this Mary Ellis - Spitfire Pilot article.

#4401651 - 01/24/18 09:48 AM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: Sailor]  
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Indeed they flew all types, incluiding bombers. They delivered them from factory and air bases usually, releasing their male counterparts who would have been doing that role normally, and allowed those freed extra pilots to go to front line squadrons.

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#4401654 - 01/24/18 11:03 AM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: Sailor]  
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But let's be realistic..... for every 500 man flying, there was 1 woman ?

#4401663 - 01/24/18 02:31 PM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: Sailor]  
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Do a search on YouTube for "Spitfire Sisters". Great video.


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#4401664 - 01/24/18 02:40 PM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: Sailor]  
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#4402088 - 01/27/18 04:09 PM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: JimBobb]  
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Originally Posted by JimBobb
But let's be realistic..... for every 500 man flying, there was 1 woman ?

They delivered planes fresh-from-the-factory to their units in Britain. They were young girls, most of whom had never left home before, most of whom couldn't drive a car. In "Spitfire Sisters", one girl talks about getting her multi-engine rating. A 'light-weight', Two-engined Anson was used. Next morning, bright and early, they drove her to the end of the runway and deposited her in front of her first delivery of the day. "Good God!" she said. "That's a bloody Lancaster! I was checked out on an Anson." "No worries, girly." said the sargeant. "They all work the same way." She feared she'd not have the strength to wrestle the controls, but, in the event, the Lanc was quite docile and easy to fly. Still, she felt she had been thrown into the deep end of the pool.


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#4402209 - 01/28/18 10:05 AM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: Sailor]  
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Not only flying but what about the Tilly Orifice for RR Merlin.

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#4402211 - 01/28/18 10:47 AM Re: OT - Women flew Spitfires also! [Re: Sailor]  
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Those women probably flew more types than the vast majority of combat pilots,with the exception of 'Winkle' Brown of course.


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