A nice day out for six elderly ladies... but why the Spitfire? Some of the few surviving pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary, finally honored in 2008 for their service. The ATA delivered more than 300,000 aircraft of 130 different types from factories and repair yards to frontline airfields. By 1945, it had 650 pilots, of whom 164 were women. In a "non-combat" role, but flying under very difficult conditions, 173 pilots and eight flight engineers were killed in service.
This is the incredible true story of a wartime sisterhood of women pilots: a group of courageous pioneers who took exceptional risks to fly Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to the frontlines of World War II. The women pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary came from all countries and backgrounds. Although not allowed into combat, they demonstrated astonishing bravery in their supporting role.