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About 1,100 young women flew military aircraft stateside during World War II as part of a program called Women Airforce Service Pilots — WASP for short. These civilian volunteers ferried and tested planes so male pilots could head to combat duty.

Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

Four pilots leaving their plane, "Pistol Packin' Mama" at the four-engine school at Lockbourne AAF, Ohio, during WASP ferry training Flying Fortress. "Pistol Packin Mama" was a AF assigned to the BG flying out of Italy during

Manfred von Richthofen with other members of Jasta 11 1917 as part of the Luftstreitkräfte. Photo: Bundesarchiv.

Members of "The Flying Circus", Manfred von Richthofen’s Jasta one of the finest squadrons of World War I. Besides Manfred, in this photo the are also Lothar von Richthofen (Manfred’s brother and flying Ace too), Kurt Wolf and Ernst Udet. Photo taken in

f-35 jsf fighter jet pilot advanced helmet system

Helmet Display System To Scare the Bejeezus Out of Enemies, pilot, future soldier

Paul Tibbets stands by the Enola Gay in an undisclosed location. The Enola Gay a B-29 was the first plane to drop an atomic bomb. Tibbets, his crew, and the Enola Gay dropped the bomb (Little Boy) on Hiroshima Aug 6, 1945. Three days later another bigger bomb (Fat Man) was dropped on Nagasaki. The two bombs effectively ended the war in Japan.

The Enola Gay dropped the nucular bomb (Little Boy) on Hiroshima Aug Three days later another bigger bomb (Fat Man) was dropped on Nagasaki.ended the war in Japan.

RWY 27 Final Stack, Southwest in the lead, JetBlue in the middle and Virgin A340 picks up the rear.

RWY 27 Final Stack, Southwest in the lead, JetBlue in the middle and Virgin

The death on this day 5th August, 1962 of Douglas Bader. .Bader lost both his legs while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. But after the outbreak of WW2 he returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. The film Reach for the Sky was made about his life.

The death on this day August, 1962 of Douglas Bader.Bader lost both his…

The Caproni-Begamaschi Ca.310 Libeccio (Italian: southwest wind) was an Italian monoplane, twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft used in World War II.

The Caproni-Begamaschi Libeccio (Italian: southwest wind) was an Italian monoplane, twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft used in World War II. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying fortress, B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang

World War II bombers and a Mustang are coming to Loveland. These are part of the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom" and they will land at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport the afternoon of July

Toward the end of April 1945, NSG 1 was split in two parts, one at Husum near the Danish border and the other at Neubiberg near Munich. The last known operation by NSG 1 took place during the night 3/4 May. These two photo’s show Ju 87 D-5, W.Nr. 142103 V8+TD at Neubiberg after the war. The unit markings of 3./NSG I are clearly visible. This aircraft had been transferred from Celle to NSG 1’s operational base at Kirchellen, on the morning of 24 December.

Toward the end of April 1945, NSG 1 was split in two parts, one at Husum near the Danish border and the other at Neubiberg near Munich. The last known operation by NSG 1 took place during the night 3/4 May. These two photo’s show Ju 87 D-5, W.Nr. 142103 V8+TD at Neubiberg after the war. The unit markings of 3./NSG I are clearly visible. This aircraft had been transferred from Celle to NSG 1’s operational base at Kirchellen, on the morning of 24 December.

The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was awarded an Iron Cross.

Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91

Nadezhda Popova, who has died aged was a member of an elite corps of Soviet women — known as the “Night Witches” — who fought as bomber pilots in the air war against Germany, and the only one to win three Orders of the Patriotic War for bravery.

Messerschmitt ME-262 Schwalbe (Swallow). The worlds' first production jet aircraft produced by Germany near the end of World War II. Also one of the first fighters to feature tricycle gear. Originally designed as a tail dragger, it was unable to take off due to blast on the rear flaps.

The worlds' first production jet aircraft produced by Germany near the end of World War II. Also one of the first fighters to feature tricycle gear. Originally designed as a tail dragger, it was unable to take off

An RAF Pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain, 1942.

The Manliest Image Ever Taken.

queensofvintage: Royal Air Force pilot getting a. queensofvintage: “ Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Great Britain c.

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