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Pilot’s View: Tight Fit

Pilot’s View: Tight Fit

During WWII 168 female pilots fought against all the odds for the right to aid the war effort. They were expected to fly wherever the need was greatest , in whatever aircraft was required - one in 10 women pilots died flying for the ATA.  Their story is one of courage, sexism, patriotism but above all, a story about women who wanted to break the confines of the world they lived in - and reach for the skies ~

During WWII 168 female pilots fought against all the odds for the right to aid the war effort. They were expected to fly wherever the need was greatest , in whatever aircraft was required - one in 10 women pilots died flying for the ATA. Their story is one of courage, sexism, patriotism but above all, a story about women who wanted to break the confines of the world they lived in - and reach for the skies ~

The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"; registration NX37602) is a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced.

The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose"; registration NX37602) is a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced.

Pilot Lettice Curtis with a Spitfire

Air Transport Auxiliary women to be honoured

The TX-225 GAVw "Occupier" combat assault tank, also known as the TX-225A Occupier tank, or simply the Imperial combat assault tank, was a track-propelled ground assault vehicle used by the Galactic Empire, and operated by a commander and two pilots. The tank had great maneuverability in tight quarters, such as the streets of occupied cities. Its laser cannons could devastate enemy troops, and the powerful engines could transport heavy payloads. In 0 BBY, Imperial combat assault tan...

TX-225 GAVw "Occupier" combat assault tank

The TX-225 GAVw "Occupier" combat assault tank, also known as the TX-225A Occupier tank, or simply the Imperial combat assault tank, was a track-propelled ground assault vehicle used by the Galactic Empire, and operated by a commander and two pilots. The tank had great maneuverability in tight quarters, such as the streets of occupied cities. Its laser cannons could devastate enemy troops, and the powerful engines could transport heavy payloads. In 0 BBY, Imperial combat assault tan...

Persian Gulf, February, 2003: Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Stoker stretches to provide a clean windshield for pilots of a heavy-lift transport helicopter aboard the USS Tarawa as the the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to land ashore in Kuwait after a month at sea. (Mark Oliva ©Stars and Stripes)

Persian Gulf, February, 2003: Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Stoker stretches to provide a clean windshield for pilots of a heavy-lift transport helicopter aboard the USS Tarawa as the the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to land ashore in Kuwait after a month at sea. (Mark Oliva ©Stars and Stripes)

Russian Mil Mi-26 helicopter transporting a Tupolev Tu-134A-3 airliner.

Russian Mil Mi-26 helicopter transporting a Tupolev Tu-134A-3 airliner.

The wartime mail from Canada was taking too long, so in late 1943, the government created the 168 Squadron RCAF, known as the “Mailcan Squadron." During its thirty months in existence, pilots made 636 transatlantic flights in Liberators and B-17 Fortresses loaded with mail. This photo shows airmen loading mailbags into the fuselage of a 168 Heavy Transport Squadron “Fort.” (Photo Credit: Department of National Defence). For more: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/ww2-mail.

The wartime mail from Canada was taking too long, so in late 1943, the government created the 168 Squadron RCAF, known as the “Mailcan Squadron." During its thirty months in existence, pilots made 636 transatlantic flights in Liberators and B-17 Fortresses loaded with mail. This photo shows airmen loading mailbags into the fuselage of a 168 Heavy Transport Squadron “Fort.” (Photo Credit: Department of National Defence). For more: www.elinorflorence.com/blog/ww2-mail.

Captain Ed "Too Tall" Freeman. On November 14, 1965, Freeman and his unit transported a battalion of American soldiers to the Ia Drang Valley. Later, after arriving back at base, they learned that the soldiers had come under intense fire and had taken heavy casualties. Enemy fire around the landing zones was so heavy that the landing zone was closed to medical evacuation helicopters.

Captain Ed "Too Tall" Freeman. On November 14, 1965, Freeman and his unit transported a battalion of American soldiers to the Ia Drang Valley. Later, after arriving back at base, they learned that the soldiers had come under intense fire and had taken heavy casualties. Enemy fire around the landing zones was so heavy that the landing zone was closed to medical evacuation helicopters.

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