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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 […]

Dorothy “Dot” Swain Lewis WASP WWII

Pilot, horsewoman, artist and teacher, designed bronze sculptures for Jacquline Cochran Airport in California and Highground Veteran’s Memorial Park in Wisconsin  By Bobbi Roe Dorothy Swain Lewis, Woman Airforce Service Pilot WWII, created sculptures to honor fellow WASP. Her first sculpture, a full size WASP in training, is in the Wishing Well at Avenger Field […]

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 […]

STS-112 — NASA Astronaut Pam Melroy

By Marcia K. Gitelman On October 7, 2002 STS-112 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center bound for the International Space Station.  The crew had two women in critical flight positions.  Pam Melroy, Pilot, assisted Commander Jeff Ashby.  Sandy Magnus functioned as Flight Engineer. This was Pam’s second flight as Pilot and Sandy’s initial experience […]

Operation “Celestial Flight”

Thirty-eight young women, all volunteers in an Army Air Force WWII experiment, were killed in the line of duty.

VIDEO: We Were WASPs

Historical film footage of the female pilots that were the WASPS.

VIDEO: WASPS Historical Film Footage

WOMEN Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, a historical look through film footage. Edited and produced by Nancy Parrish. Copyright 1998 Wings Across America.

VIDEO: Hanna Reitsch, The First Woman Astronaut and Test Pilot, Part One

Hanna Reitsch (29 March 1912 – 24 August 1979) was a German aviatrix who was once Adolf Hitler’s personal pilot, and was the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Combined Pilots-Observation Badge in Gold with Diamonds during World War II. For more information, see: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanna_Reitsch

VIDEO: Hanna Reitsch, The First Woman Astronaut and Test Pilot, Part Two

Hanna Reitsch, Nazi Germany’s celebrated woman test pilot who had flown the VI rocket bomb in sub orbital flight in the early 1940’s — 20 years before the first American spaceman — was actually history’s first astronaut. Hanna started with gliders. Her passion for the air soon overtook her interest in medicine, and she left […]