Friday, January 24, 2014

Women in history - aviators

 Amelia Earhart
Clara Adams and Amelia Earhart
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941.
One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence,
Johnson won fame when she flew solo from
Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous
flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan
and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic
East to West, she volunteered to fly for
The Women's Auxiliary Air Force in WW2,
but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.

Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany
during WW2.  They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props.  To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, they'd climb to a certain height,
coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines
in mid-air & get the hell out of dodge.
Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.

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