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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 […]

Air Tanker Pilot

by Marie Ramos It’s not just cross wind landings anymore,” Lynn Mc Grew, first female air tanker pilot for the California Department of Forestry (CDF), tells us. “It’s getting in over the fire and maneuvering the airplane to drop the retardant exactly where they need it. Then extending the drop out as far as you […]

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 […]

Major Nicole Malachowski and Major Samantha Weeks

Woman Pilots in the Tunderbirds