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#4589019 - 01/11/22 09:28 AM Spitfire women  
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#4589028 - 01/11/22 12:17 PM Re: Spitfire women [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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The woman in the first video @ the 5:53 mark, Freydis Sharland, took my very young mother flying. Mum went up with 3 or 4 girls but she sat with the pilot because she showed more interest in flying. Mum eventually went on to obtain her glider pilot's licence and do a bit of wing-walking for good measure and also teach young cadets about the principles of flying at our local ATC (Air Training Corps).

There can't be many of these brave ATA women left now.

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#4589029 - 01/11/22 12:19 PM Re: Spitfire women [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Thanks for sharing that wonderful story Chucky!


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#4589115 - 01/12/22 03:20 AM Re: Spitfire women [Re: Chucky]  
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Originally Posted by Chucky
The woman in the first video @ the 5:53 mark, Freydis Sharland, took my very young mother flying. .


Wow!


#4589128 - 01/12/22 01:39 PM Re: Spitfire women [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Are these the fine young ladys, who would deliver new aircraft to airfields ?


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#4589132 - 01/12/22 02:23 PM Re: Spitfire women [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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I know of some women that spit fire when they talk, does that count? biggrin


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Originally Posted by Red2112
I know of some women that spit fire when they talk, does that count? biggrin

I've made a few do that in my life time biggrin


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#4589148 - 01/12/22 04:27 PM Re: Spitfire women [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Not all the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) pilots were women. There were plenty of men too. Men who could fly, but for one reason or another were not eligible for service. (Usually age.)
All ATA pilots remained civilians, though they did wear uniform.
ATA pilots were expected to fly just about any plane from A to B at the drop of a hat. One female pilot was asked to fly a Wellington to a squadron airfield. She'd never flown one before, but after half an hour to familiarise herself, she duly took off and delivered the plane. When she got there the ground crew continued to wait for the pilot and other crew to emerge. She informed them that she was the pilot and had flown the plane alone. The erks refused to believe her until they had searched the Wellington from stem to stern.

A good book on the ATA is 'Fly and Deliver, A Ferry Pilot's Log' by Hugh Bergel. ISBN 0 906393 17 5.

Here is a pic of ATA Pilot Maureen Dunlop. Quite the pin up girl.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Dunlop_de_Popp

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