92-year-old World War Two veteran flies Spitfire again

92-year-old World War Two veteran flies Spitfire again

Postby paullangford on Fri 08 May 2015, 9:56 am

Joy Lofthouse is a veteran of the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War Two and now, at 92-years-old, the former Spitfire pilot returned to the skies.
Seven decades after her last flight in the iconic plane, Joy described the experience as “lovely: it was perfect”, making her feel "quite young.”
The ATA made an enormous contribution to the war effort by taking over from service pilots the task of ferrying Royal Air Force and Royal Navy warplanes between factories, maintenance units and front-line squadrons.
This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on Thursday 7 May 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02qt65y
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Re: 92-year-old World War Two veteran flies Spitfire again

Postby paullangford on Fri 08 May 2015, 12:25 pm

sopwithflyer wrote:Fantastic to see :smile:


Isn't it just :smile:
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Postby wv383 on Fri 08 May 2015, 2:33 pm

Brilliant!

A lovely lady. I will never forget when I was asked to take a few photos of Joy with the members of the Red Arrows. Then the comment was not "It made me feel young again" but "I wish I was young again!"
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Postby sopwithflyer on Fri 08 May 2015, 7:51 pm

Personally love seeing things like that. Not quite so unusual to see girls flying now, but I would have loved to have been around to see the reactions these girls got back when (so to speak) bless her... :clap:
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Postby WG655 on Fri 08 May 2015, 8:19 pm

Very interesting comment she makes about the fact when she used to fly it was silent in the cockpit - certainly a good display of how far aviation (and aviation safety!) has come in the last 70 years. Great job Boultbee. :up:
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Postby Wissam24 on Fri 08 May 2015, 10:13 pm

Great video, very heartwearming. can only imagine how emotional it must have been for her.
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Re: 92-year-old World War Two veteran flies Spitfire again

Postby DanH on Sat 09 May 2015, 9:18 am

She looks chuffed to bits, and who can blame her. :up:

I live in Worthing and a 2-seat Spit did fly over my house a few days ago. I wonder if that was this flight?
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Re: 92-year-old World War Two veteran flies Spitfire again

Postby minnie the moocher on Fri 17 Nov 2017, 8:44 am

Was sad to hear last night that she has died. I met her once , fascinating lady to speak to.
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