Joy Lofthouse hasn’t flown a fighter plane since she was in her 20s. Taking the controls of the iconic Spitfire recently made the 92-year-old pilot feel “young” again.
As she took to the skies for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, Lofthouse declared that flying the Spitfire was “the nearest thing to having wings of her own.”
Lofthouse and hundreds of other women flying for the UK’s Air Transport Authority in World War II delivered planes from factories to air bases, freeing combat pilots to fight. By the time the war ended, Lofthouse was experienced in piloting 18 different kinds of aircrafts, but her favorite was always the Spitfire.
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