Joy Lofthouse, the 92-year-old veteran of Britain’s World War II-era Air Transport Auxiliary, recently got the chance to go back up in one of the surviving Spitfire airplanes.
Decades ago, Lofthouse’s job demanded her to pilot these allusive planes. The Spitfire WWII plane is a machine that put fear in enemy pilots over Germany. She spent many long hours in the cockpit ferrying planes to different bases and landing zones.
“They all say we’d have given our right arm to fly a Spitfire,” she said.
During her flight to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Germany in World War II, Lofthouse said she was “excited but aware of my age.” At those speeds and heights, I don’t blame her.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling, but it almost makes one feel young again,” she states.
It’s not something you hear about everyday, the Spitfire heading back into the skies stretching its legs, and while being flown by one of the original pilots. That’s quite extraordinary, if you ask me.