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Daring flying escapades of women war pilots retold; Your events.

MEMBERS of Coventry's group for retired professional and businessmen, Probus, were entertained with tales of how women did amazing feats of flying during the Second World War.

In his talk, Grandma Flew Spitfires, Richard Poad of the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, told the story of how women from many countries kept the RAF supplied with essential aircraft around the country, as they flew newly built or battle-damaged aircraft between airfields, factories and repair depots.

It wasn't unknown for a woman pilot to fly six different aircraft types in a day, including Spitfires and Hurricanes, seaplanes, jet fighters, and four-engined bombers. One lady, now 92, still flies a single engine plane, but needs help to get in and out of the cockpit.

Coventry Probus Club chairman Charles King said the talk was fascinating.

The group meets from 10.30am on the first Friday of every month at St James Church Hall, in Knoll Drive, Styvechale, and usually features a well-known speaker. New members and guests are welcome.


FLYING VISIT: Richard Poad (left), from the Maidenhead Heritage Centre with Coventry Probus Club chairman Charles King
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 4, 2013
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