Mary Ellis ~ Air transport Auxillary pilot second World war.

'This is wizard!' 100-year-old woman who flew spitfires during the Second World War celebrates her centenary by getting behind the controls again

But this stirring image holds a further poignancy – for in the cockpit of the lead aircraft sits Mary Ellis, celebrating her 100th birthday by recreating her time as one of the 'Ata-girls', the select gang of female pilots who flew Britain's fighters during the war.

And over her shoulder is one of the actual Spitfires she flew during her 1,000 flights as a First Officer with the Air Transport Auxiliary.

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-7 1. thefox commented 5 years ago

She's 100 years old? What's that she's flying?
A Zimmer Plane? :)
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+5 2. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#1 Not a popular chose of comment was it, trust you. :(|)

I was listening to an interview with this lady a short while back. Incredible that these women who joined the war effort learned to fly and kept a steady supply of Spitfires from the factories to the pilots which made them paramount in the winning of the Battle of Britain in the air and ultimately defeated the Nazi's. There must have been some amazing memories re fired by this flight and I bet she was also thinking of all the brave lads who died in the planes she delivered.

I salute you Mary and all those like you. <3
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-2 3. thefox commented 5 years ago

#2. Lighten up little Jakey. :P
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+4 4. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

Very inspiring, not only was she brave enough to fly a plane but she also defeated the Nazis....women power! <3
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+6 5. brandx commented 5 years ago

She delivered around 1000 planes Spitfire and Wellington bomber which she flew solo at night with very little visibility. Incredible. Nice article here
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+1 6. snotraddict commented 5 years ago

So to be clear, she and her brigade delivered aircraft, not actually was in battle?
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0 7. etplayer commented 5 years ago

Pity the sound quality is atrocious. :( Amazing story of hers though.... :)