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Moscow Russia – Aviatrissa 2004 Newsletter

Aviatrissa – Russian Women Pilots – Moscow –  2004 Elizabeth Brock, Editor   Welcome everyone to the 2nd issue of the Russian 99s Newsletter. Let me start out by thanking everyone who made the May trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg such a wonderful experience. The article about the trip from the July/August issue of our […]

Women Soaring Pilots

      History of the Women’s International, European and now World Championships By Frauke Elber, Editor of Hangar Soaring, newsletter of the Women Soaring Pilot Association (WSPA) Originally a verbal presentation at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira, New York The soaring movement was started by a flight-starved group of young people in Germany which after […]

The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots

Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative  (PPLI) The Ninety-Nines developed a very special program to support and help members to reach their goals as professional pilots. The mentoring and leadership program started in 2004 and has graduated over 70 members. The program was the creative idea of Jenny Beatty, and she co-founded it with Laura Smith, a […]

The White Rose of Stalingrad

I knew the only way to survive was to be ice inside, to feel absolutely nothing. – Pilot Klavdiya Pankratova of the 586th (Quoted from “A Dance with Death,” by Anne Noggle) By Kim Green Girl Soldiers An icy wind blasted the treeless waste of Engels airfield as the women of Aviation Group 122 assembled […]

Dive Bombers

Russian women combat pilots By Kim Green The Message On July 18, 1944, a solitary Petlyakov-2 bomber dropped out of formation, circled low over the burning town of Borisov, Byelorussia, and tossed out a small container. Citizens of the ravaged town soon found a container with an odd message inside, hastily scribbled on sewn-together strips […]