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Watch this 92-year-old woman fly a Spitfire war plane

Joy Lofthouse was a pilot during the Second World War.

Image: BBC Radio 5

JOY LOFTHOUSE WAS a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II.

Seven decades after her first flight, at 92 years old, she was given the chance to fly a Spitfire plane again and BBC Radio 5 was there to capture her excitement.

“It was the iconic plane. I know they both – Hurricanes and Spitfires – played their part, but the Spitfire lasted much longer, because it’s such a wonderful aeroplane, I think. The nearest thing to having wings of your own and flying that I’ve known,” she said before she climbed into the cockpit.


While up in the air, after taking control of the plane, she said: “It’s very hard to describe the feeling but it almost makes one feel young again.”

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